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Thallium Poisoning

Thallium Poisoning:

Cases of Thallium poisoning have been rising in India, particularly in the Maharashtra

  • Thallium is a toxic metal element (symbol Tl) with atomic number 81, known for its extreme toxicity. It does not freely occur in nature.
  • Thallium has no colour, odour or taste. Its use is regulated in India. Thallium is also called the “poisoner’s poison”.
  • Appearance Silvery-white tarnishes to Gray
  • State at Room Temperature is Solid
  • It is Highly toxic (considered a poison)
  • Historically used in low-temperature thermometers.
  • Radioactive isotopes are used in medical imaging.
  • Extremely toxic when ingested or inhaled.
  • Can cause severe health issues, including nerve and kidney damage.
  • Mere contact with thallium can cause poisoning as it is highly soluble in water and can easily pass through the skin.
  • It is also a suspected carcinogen.
  • Antidote Prussian blue is used to remove thallium from the body.
  • Interesting Fact Thallium is known for its high toxicity and was historically used as a rat poison
  • Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, is alleged to have used it to murder his political opponents.