Farm worker illness following exposure to carbofuran and other pesticides - Fresno County, California, 1998.
Das-R; Harrison-R; Sutton-P; Souter-A; Beckman-J; Santamaria-B; Steinmaus-C; Sablan-O; Edmiston-S; Mehler-L; Hernandez-B; Schneider-F
MMWR 1999 Feb; 48(6):113-116
In California, suspected pesticide-related illnesses and suspected work-related illnesses and injuries are reportable conditions. On July 31, 1998, the Occupational Health Branch of the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) received a report from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) of a pesticide exposure incident in Fresno County involving 34 farm workers. CDHS investigated this incident by reviewing medical records of the 34 workers and interviewing 29. The findings indicated that the workers became ill after early reentry into a cotton field that had been sprayed with a cholinesterase-inhibiting carbamate pesticide.
Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-industry; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Statistical-analysis; Farmers; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Exposure-assessment
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report