Question: What is sulfuryl fluoride and what are the clinical manifestations associated with poisoning due to this chemical?
Answer: Sulfuryl fluoride is a highly toxic (toxicity category I) gas fumigant used for termite control of homes and buildings. Signs and symptoms of sulfuryl fluoride poisoning include irritation of the nose, eyes, and respiratory tract, dyspnea, numbness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, slowed speech or motor movements, cough, restlessness, muscle twitching, seizures, and pulmonary edema. (Mulay PR, et al. Notes from the Field. Acute Sulfuryl Fluoride Poisoning in a Family — Florida, August 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:698–699. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6527a4)