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Pesticide exposures among children less than seven years of age - Louisiana pesticide surveillance data, 2003-2007.

Authors
Badakhsh-R; Lackovic-M
Source
La Morb Rep 2009 Mar-Apr; 20(2):4-6
NIOSHTIC No.
20042471
Abstract
Statewide surveillance of pesticide exposures is conducted by the Louisiana Office of Public Health's Section of Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology (SEET). The main sources of pesticide exposure reports are calls made to the Louisiana Poison Control Center (PCC), and complaints filed with Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), the state agency responsible for enforcing pesticide misapplications or misuse. SEET works closely with LDAF to evaluate health effects associated with complaints of pesticide exposure. Pesticide poisoning is a reportable condition in Louisiana, although very few cases are reported directly by physicians. Pesticides include any substance or mixture of substances intended to control a variety of pests such as insects, rodents, fungi, weeds and microorganisms. Typical household pesticide products are insect sprays, cleaning products and mosquito repellents. One of the most common locations of pesticide exposure, especially to children, is within the family residence. This report examines pesticide exposures among children less than seven years of age during a five-year period (2003-2007). Only cases with at least two health effects associated with pesticide exposure were included in the data analysis.
Keywords
Surveillance-programs; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Children; Poisons; Poison-control; Cleaning-compounds; Insect-repellents; Insecticide-poisoning; Pest-control; Sprays; Housekeeping-products; Biological-effects; Disinfectants; Household-bleach; Herbicides; Rodenticides; Emergency-treatment; Medical-treatment
Contact
Roshan Badakhsh, Louisiana Office of Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, P.O. Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160
Publication Date
20090301
Document Type
Newsletter
Email Address
roshan.badakhsh@la.gov
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008470
Issue of Publication
2
Source Name
Louisiana Morbidity Report
State
LA
Performing Organization
Louisiana State Office of Public Health
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