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A pilot study of symptoms of neurotoxicity and injury among adolescent farmworkers in Starr County, Texas.
Whitworth KW; Shipp EM; Cooper SP; Del Junco DJ
Int J Occup Environ Health 2010 Apr-Jun; 16(2):138-144
Background: Little is known regarding the relationship between neurotoxicity symptoms and injury, particularly among adolescent farmworkers. Methods: This pilot study utilized logistic regression to analyze injury prevalence in relation to self-reported symptoms of neurotoxicity among adolescent farmworkers along the Texas-Mexico border. Results: Respondents reporting at least five symptoms had 8.75 (95%CI=1.89, 40.54) times the prevalence of injury compared with those reporting zero or one symptom. Significant associations were observed for six items: trouble remembering things (prevalence odds ratio (POR)=5.56, 95%CI=1.60, 19.30), family noticing memory loss (POR=4.43, 95%CI=1.24, 15.79), making notes (POR=4.69, 96%CI=1.40, 15.68), irritated for no reason (POR=5.56, 95% CI=1.60, 19.30, heart pounding (POR=4.43, 95%CI=1.13, 17.40) and tingling (POR=12.44, 95%CI=2.82, 55.02). Conclusions: This pilot study suggests a relationship between symptoms of neurotoxicity and injury among adolescent farmworkers, supporting the need for more rigorous investigations.
Agricultural-chemicals; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Agriculture; Case-studies; Children; Environmental-hazards; Farmers; Nervous-system-disorders; Nervous-system-function; Neurological-diseases; Neurotoxicology; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Psychological-effects; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis
Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX 77030
Issue of Publication
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
University of Texas Health Center at Tyler
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division