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Severe acute illness in a toddler exposed to multiple agricultural pesticides and an insect repellent.

Authors
Sievert-JS; Morrissey-BF; Calvert-GM
Source
J Agromed 2013 Oct; 18(4):285-292
NIOSHTIC No.
20043291
Abstract
Acute severe pesticide-related illness among farm worker children is rarely reported. The authors report a toddler with acute onset of apnea, cyanosis, somnolence, hypotonia, tachycardia, and miosis who required hospitalization. Health care providers suspected pesticide poisoning, but were unable to determine the causal agent. Investigation by a public health program documented four pesticide exposures that occurred within one-half hour of acute illness. This case illustrates the importance of a thorough environmental/occupational exposure history and obtaining biological samples. It also documents the need to strengthen the Worker Protection Standard for agricultural workers and the importance of reporting and investigating pesticide-related illness.
Keywords
Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Humans; Children; Farmers; Agricultural-industry; Agriculture; Agricultural-products; Agricultural-chemicals; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Environmental-exposure; Biological-effects; Workers; Poisons; Insecticides; Insecticide-poisoning; Surveillance-programs; Author Keywords: Carbaryl; children; farm workers; orchard; pesticides
Contact
Barbara F. Morrissey, MS, Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Toxicology, Washington State Department of Health, PO Box 47846, Olympia, WA 98504-7846
CAS No.
63-25-2
Publication Date
20131001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
barbara.morrissey@doh.wa.gov
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
M112013
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1059-924X
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
WA; OH
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