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Vizag Gas leak: What is Styrene? How harmful is it?

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New Delhi, May 07: Styrene is a flammable liquid that is used to make polystyrene plastics, fiberglass, rubber, and latex. It occurs naturally in some fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, and beverages.

Vizag Gas leak: What is Styrene? How harmful is it?

What happens when someone is exposed to Styrene?

Short-term:

Exposure to styrene can cause:

  • Irritation to the eyes, skin, and nose
  • Gastrointestinal effects
  • Respiratory effects

Long-term:

Long-term exposure to styrene can cause:

Central nervous system and kidney effects

  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Hearing loss
  • Balance and concentration problems
  • Cancer

Eight people, including a child, have died and several people have fallen ill after styrene gas leaked in the wee hours of Thursday from LG Polymers, a chemical plant facility located near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

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