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Surveillance of pesticide-related illness and injury in humans.
Calvert GM; Sanderson WT; Barnett M; Blondell JM; Mehler LN
Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology. Krieger RI, ed., San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2001 Oct; 1:603-641
A simple concise definition for surveillance is "data for action" (Giesecke, 1999). Surveillance data are vital for targeting public health resources. Traditionally, surveillance includes the ongoing collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data to prevent and control disease (Thacker and Berkelman, 1988). Surveillance data are useful for identifying the nature and magnitude of public health problems and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to address those problems. In this context, the term publich health surveillance is used. Public health surveillance is directed at national or regional (e.g., state or province) populations. It can be distinguished from "local" surveillance or medical screening programs. Medical screening programs are directed at a more limited population (e.g., workplace or community) and are implemented to enable early recognition of individuals needing treatment, prophylaxis, or additional education and training.
Pesticide-residues; Pesticides; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Humans
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Handbook of Pesticide Toxicology
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