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Illnesses associated with use of automatic insecticide dispenser units - selected states and United States, 1986-1999.
Shafey O; Mehler L; Baum L
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2000 Jul; 284(4):432-434
To control indoor flying insects, restaurants and other businesses commonly use pyrethrin and pyrethroid insecticides sprayed from automatic dispensing units. Usually placed near entrances, these units are designed to kill flying insects in food service or work areas. On May 18, 1999, the Florida Department of Health (FDH) was notified by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) that during May 12--17, three persons developed pesticide-related illnesses associated with improperly placed automatic insecticide dispensers. After FDH conducted a follow-up investigation and notified CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of this event, surveillance data were reviewed to identify additional cases of pesticide-related illnesses associated with automatic insecticide dispensers. Data were provided by the Toxic Exposure Surveillance System (TESS), the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR), the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), the National Pesticide Telecommunications Network (NPTN), and the Washington State Department of Health (WSDH)*. This report describes cases, summarizes surveillance data for pesticide-related illnesses associated with automatic insecticide dispensers, and provides recommendations for safe dispenser use.
Pest-control; Pyrenes; Insecticides; Food-processing-workers; Poison-control; Poisons; Food-services; Worker-health; Surveillance-programs; Occupational-exposure; Region-4; Region-9; Region-10; Region-8
O Shafey, Florida Department of Health & Rehabilitation Services, Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology, Tallahassee, FL 32399
Issue of Publication
Journal of the American Medical Association
CA; FL; MT; OH; WA
Page last reviewed: August 1, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division