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Pesticide deaths in California, 1990 - 1996.
Mehler-L; Romano-P; Samuels-S; Schenker-M
Sacramento, CA: California Environmental Protection Agency, Health & Safety Report HS-1821, 2001 Oct; :1-22
California maintains surveillance for human health effects of pesticide exposure. By law, doctors must report any patient that they know or have reason to believe suffers from any disease or condition caused by a pesticide. This study investigated mortality following exposure to pesticides in the State of California from 1990 through 1996. Fatalities were identified through death certificates and the State surveillance program for pesticide illnesses. A sample of hospital records and poison control consultation logs were reviewed for the years 1994 - 1996, which identified three suicides not located among death certificates or surveillance records. Duplications were avoided by collecting individual identifiers from each source, which permitted probabilistic linkage confirmed by operator review. The study characterized deaths by the types of pesticides involved and the circumstances of exposure, and used the results as a measure of the State surveillance program's success in identifying fatalities.
Health-hazards; Health-programs; Health-standards; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Exposure-methods; Doctors; Statistical-analysis; Statistical-quality-control; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Poison-control; Poisons; Surveillance-programs
L. Mehler, California Environmental Protection Agency Department of Pesticide Regulation Worker Health and Safety Branch 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814
Pesticide deaths in California, 1990 - 1996
University of California - Davis
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