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National Pesticide Information Center

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Malathion is an organophosphate insecticide. It interferes with the nervous system by blocking an enzyme that normally acts as an off switch by ending the signal. Without the enzyme, the nerve keeps firing and eventually the nervous system fails. Malathion is used both in agricultural and residential settings.

Gneral Questions about
Malathion
Scientific Information about
Malathion

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General
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Technical
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Biomarkers of Exposure: Organophosphates
Medical Case Profile

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Pesticides: Testing for Exposure Using the Clinical Laboratory
Medical Case Profile

If you have questions about malathion, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email at npic@ace.orst.edu.

Last updated October 12, 2012