SO CAL GAS LEAK IN PORTER RANCH-STILL UNCHECKED
OCTOBER 23 THRU 26, 2015
Prolonged or high-level exposure to natural gas causes flu-like symptoms including severe headaches, tiredness or fatigue, dizziness, and nausea. Victims of exposure might also appear confused, have difficulty remembering things, become irritable and have difficulties with physical coordination. Pets in the home can also demonstrate symptoms of natural gas exposure.
Methyl Mercaptan is the "odorant" that they never say anything about. All these years...who knew what that mysterious unnamed stuff was. Read the PDF from the U.S. Center for Disease Control...on the left... or check it on the govornment site here.
From that document:
Methyl mercaptan is highly irritant when it contacts moist tissues such as the eyes, skin, and upper respiratory tract. It can
also induce headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coma, and death.
Children exposed to the same levels of methyl mercaptan as adults may receive a larger dose because they have a greater lung
surface area:body weight ratios
Treatment of Exposures in a Health Care Facility
• Ocular exposures: Remove contact lenses, and irrigate exposed eyes with copious
amounts of room-temperature water or saline for at least 15 minutes.
• Dermal exposures: Remove contaminated clothing, and wash exposed area
thoroughly with soap and water. For frostbite, place affected area in a water bath
with a temperature of 40 to 42 degrees C for 15 to 30 minutes until thawing is
• Inhalation exposures: Monitor patient for respiratory distress. If cough or
difficulty breathing develops, evaluate for respiratory tract irritation, bronchitis
or pneumonitis. Administer oxygen, and assist ventilation as required. Treat
bronchospasm with inhaled beta2 agonist and oral or parenteral corticosteroids.
The onset of acute lung injury may be delayed 24 to 72 hours after exposure.
Care should be taken to support respiration, prevent or treat pulmonary edema,
and to control seizures and hypertension.
Methane Poisoning Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of methane exposure may include:
cognitive impairment (poor judgement, memory loss)
loss of motor coordination
flu-like symptoms (mental uneasiness, lethargy, discomfort)