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Acute pesticide-related illnesses among working youths, 1988-1999.
Calvert GM; Mehler LN; Rosales R; Baum L; Thomsen C; Male D; Shafey O; Das R; Lackovic M; Arvizu E
Am J Public Health 2003 Apr; 93(4):605-610
The goal of this study was to describe acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses among youths and to provide prevention recommendations. Survey data from 8 states and from poison control center data were analyzed. Illness incidence rates and incidence rate ratios were calculated. A total of 531 youths were identified with acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses. Insecticides were responsible for most of these illnesses (68%), most of which were of minor severity (79%). The average annual incidence rate among youths aged 15 to 17 years was 20.4 per billion hours worked, and the incidence rate ratio among youths vs adults was 1.71 (95% confidence interval = 1.53, 1.91). The present findings suggest the need for greater efforts to prevent acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses among adolescents.
Agricultural chemicals; Agricultural workers; Age groups; Age factors; Pesticides and agricultural chemicals; Farmers; Acute toxicity; Acute exposure; Insecticide poisoning; Insecticides; Poisons
Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226
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Research Tools and Approaches: Surveillance Research Methods
American Journal of Public Health
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