Chloracne Caused by PCBs

Polychlorinated Biphenyls, more commonly known as PCBs, are a class of man-made chemical that has previously been used in industrial production process and in the manufacturing of herbicides by agricultural companies such as Monsanto. PCBs are known to pose serious health risks to those exposed, including respiratory issues, organ failure, cancer, and neurological conditions. Additionally, those exposed by either direct contact, ingestion, or inhalation may develop an acne-like skin rash known as chloracne.

Chloracne is the acne like eruption of blackheads, cysts, and pustules on the skin caused by over-exposure to chloracnegens, a group of halogenated aromatic compounds including PCBs. The condition is oven irritating or even painful, and is most common on the cheeks, behind the ears, under the armpits, and in the groin area.

PCBs are fat soluble, and remain in the body for an extended period of time. Consequently, reactions to PCBs may persist long after exposure to the toxin ends. Although chloracne may be treated with the use of oral antibiotics, it is often highly resistant to any form of treatment.

The condition was first discovered in German Industrial workers in 1897, and affected 226 workers when a container of herbicide exploded at a Monsanto Plant in Virginia.

Use of toxic Monsanto PCBs in industrial or chemical manufacturing processes was banned in 1978 once the dangers of the toxin were discovered. However, Monsanto products manufactured before this date continue to dump toxic contaminants into the air and the environment.

Although chloracne in itself is not life-threatening, it is a signal that the individual may have been exposed to PCBs, which are known to be linked with a number of more serious health complications. It is always important to know the risks associated with PCB exposure and monitor associated symptoms.

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Issues with SR-22

It is unfortunate when circumstances require a driver to get an SR-22 in order to legally operate any vehicle in Illinois. It means that the drive has been deemed safety irresponsible, possibly for being caught driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drug, driving without insurance, or have an unacceptably high number of serious traffic violations on a driving record. For any of these situations, a driver’s license may be suspended or revoked, and can make it very difficult to get standard car insurance.

The state requires an SR-22 or a certificate of financial responsibility to motivate drivers to become more responsible operators of a vehicle. It is difficult and more expensive to obtain than regular car insurance, so drivers who do not want to go through this will be more conscientious about how they drive. However, as mentioned on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, even careful drivers may find themselves in a situation where an error in judgment can land them in trouble, but they don’t have suffer the consequences forever.

The state requires an SR-22 for 3 years in most cases. In that time, it is important for drivers to abide with the conditions of an SR-22 to avoid extending this. An SR-22 should be renewed 45 days in advance of its expiration every year to circumvent additional complications. This is because the issuing insurance company has the right to send an SR-26 Cancellation Certificate to the Safety and Financial Responsibility Section of the office of the Secretary of State to notify them about the failure to renew 15 days prior to the certificate’s expiry. This can result in a suspension imposed on the individual’s driving record until such time as the SR-22 is reinstated. Which can mean a wait of another 30 days as the reinstatement is processed.

Any serious violation within the period that the SR-22 is in effect may also result in its cancellation, effectively requiring the driver to go through the process all over again. That is, presuming that the insurance company is willing. If not, the driver will have to find an alternative issuer or deposit a $55,000 cash or securities bond with the Illinois State Treasurer or equivalent real estate bond approved by the court.

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The Strict Liability of Dog Owners in the Event of Dog Bites

It is quite surprising to know that the number of dog bite cases in the US every year reaches 800,000 and that those who are usually bitten are children. Majority of dob bite victims are boys aged five to nine; some children, aged four or younger also suffer bites which often lead to trauma as these bites are commonly on the neck or head. Children are very trusting, so dogs don’t seem that dangerous to them. On the other hand, children are small and don’t exert as much dominance over the animals as adults do, meaning the animals may not respect them as much as they should.

Dogs are supposed to be man’s best friend; these are loving creatures with which owners easily develop a special bond. There are some breeds of dogs, however, which are naturally more hostile compared to others, thus, these become easily threatened even before the people who own them.

Some dog bites may only be minor; but, according to the website of the Ausband & Dumont Law Firm, there certainly are serious ones which can inflict severe harm, whether physically, psychologically or both. A few of the severe consequences of dog bites include lacerations, nerve damage, disfigurement and paralysis, broken bones and infections; some bites would even require reconstructive surgery as treatment. Psychologically, a dog attack can cause a fear of dogs in the victim, which can have an impact that persists long after the physical wounds have healed.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has never ceased in its information drive that would inform owners of their great responsibility in making sure that their dogs never get to bite or attack anyone. Everyone has to realize that a dog bite or attack, even if the injury it causes is just minor, can still result to unexpected medical cost and absence from work, which means loss of income.

To emphasize CDC’s campaign, the Leash law has been imposed all across the US. All states also hold all dog owners fully liable for any injury or harm caused by their dog. However, in instances wherein a dog bites or attacks anyone due to illegal entry into one’s property or because the dog was incited, liability is lifted from the owner of the dog.

Letting your dog roam freely because it is totally domesticated can never be accepted as an excuse if it ends up biting or attacking anyone. And since it would be hard to predict the extent of harm a dog’s bite may inflict, the safest thing to do, at all times, is to observe CDC’s stipulations and make sure that your dog is restricted from harming anyone.

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Colorado Passes Dog Protection Law

After more than 40 pets were killed in Colorado over the past five years by police officers responding to disturbances, the Senate and House have passed a law to cut down on such incidents. The Dog Protection Act, which has already been signed into law by Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, is the first of its kind across the U.S.

Animal activists have been lobbying lawmakers since April to pass a bill that would require law enforcement officers to undergo a training program on how to treat dogs while on duty. The proposed training consists of three hours of online classes and would teach officers how to recognize aggressive dog behavior and how to use non-lethal force to protect themselves from dangerous dogs.

A task force comprised of dog owners, veterinarians, and police officers met on Wednesday to discuss how and when to begin implementation of officer training programs.

Republican Senator David Balmer, who originally sponsored the bill, said its goal is to aid officers when they are forced to make quick decisions in the field. Although the training emphasizes non-lethal ways to control animals, officers will still have discretion when responding to violent incidents.

An officer still has flexibility to make the gut-wrenching decisions that they make on a daily basis,” Balmer said.

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