Description – Mirex and Chlordecone are both insecticides. Mirex, sold under the name of Dechlorane, was used in the eradication of fire ants and also as a flame retardant in plastics, rubber and paint. Chlordecone, sold under the name of Kepone, was used as an insecticide in ant and roach traps and in citrus, banana, and tobacco trees. Exposure to both Mirex and Chlordecone can occur through touching or ingesting any soil near hazardous waste sites, ingesting fish caught in contaminated areas or from working closely with the chemicals.
Risks – Some side effects from high-level Mirex and Chlordecone exposure can include increased risk of damage to the skin, liver, reproductive and nervous systems. Animal toxicity studies have also shown that kidneys, thyroids and digestive system may be adversely affected by these insecticides.
If you believe you or your child has become ill because of Mirex or Chlordecone exposure you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine who is responsible for your exposure to Mirex or Chlordecone, and get proper compensation for your injuries.