Before Christmas, the laboratory was involved with detecting a case of bromide poisoning
in Angola, in sosuth-west Africa, where black market table salt was being sold bulked out with bromide salt.
Symptoms of moderate methyl bromide poisoning
are similar to those of the flu, making them difficult to diagnose.
From 1982 to 1994, 464 cases of possible or confirmed methyl bromide poisoning were documented in California, including 27 in Ventura County, the Department of Pesticide Regulation reported.
Furthermore, symptoms of moderate methyl bromide poisoning are similar to those of the flu or other viruses, making them difficult to diagnose, he said.