CASES of arsenic poisoning from naturally occurring forms of the metal are relatively rare - most poisoning incidents are the result of the incorporation of arsenic into other chemical forms for agricultural and industrial use and accidental access of livestock to them. Increased knowledge of the toxic properties of arsenic, as well as the replacement of arsenical compounds by new non-arsenical, organic compounds, has resulted in a sharp decline in the use of arsenic in recent years. This has been accompanied by a decline in the number of incidents of arsenic poisoning.
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