Nuerotoxins

 

Nuerotoxins
 

News: Recently, 11 people died due to a gas leak in the Giaspura area of Ludhiana, Punjab. According to the air quality sensors used by NDRF, high levels of Hydrogen Sulphide gas, a kind of neurotoxin, have been detected.
 

What are neurotoxin?

→ Neurotoxins are poisonous substances which can directly affect the nervous system. Neurotoxicity occurs when exposure to natural or man-made toxic substances alters the normal activity of the nervous system.

→ These substances can eventually disrupt or even kill neurons or nerve cells, which are important for transmitting and processing signals in the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
 

What are neurotoxic gases?

→ Methane, hydrogen sulphide, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are common neurotoxic gases.

→ To remove gases such as hydrogen sulphide from wastewater, chemical oxidation is done, where oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide are added to the wastewater. 

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