Childhood poisonings from new detergent packets on the rise

The New York Times “Well” blog reports, “Childhood poisonings from a new type of detergent packet have soared in recent weeks, experts say, with the total climbing to more than 1,200 this week from about 200 in late May.”

The most recent figures indicate that “poison centers across the country have been seeing an average of 10 cases a day, and as many as 28 a day, said Bruce Ruck, assistant director of the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System.”

The blog adds, “This week, the California Poison Control System announced that at least nine small children in that state were taken to emergency rooms between Saturday and Tuesday after exposure to the packets, bringing the state’s total number of cases to at least 91.”

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