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1 dead, 3 hospitalized after Jefferson County insecticide exposure

Special to SEGAZINE

A Wadley woman was killed and three children sent to a hospital late Wednesday after being exposed to an agricultural insecticide that a relative said had been used in the woman’s house to exterminate pests, according to Jefferson County authorities.

The insecticide, Fumitoxin, is believed to have released a gas that was inhaled by Rosa Gilmore Green, 58, and her 12-year-old grandson at the home in the 600 block of North Martin Luther King Boulevard, according to a statement from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The problem was discovered by Green’s son, who noticed a heavy chemical odor at the home during a visit, said Sheriff’s Capt. Robert Chalker. The son took Green and the child to his home on Farm Street, where his mother’s condition worsened. About 7:50 p.m., Jefferson County 911 received a call for assistance for a woman who was weak and unable to move, according to a statement from Jefferson County Emergency Services.

The Augusta Chronicle.

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