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Surveillance of pesticide-related illness and injury in humans.
Calvert-GM; Mehler-LN; Alsop-J; De Vries-AL; Besbelli-N
Hayes' handbook of pesticide toxicology, 3rd edition. Krieger R, Doull J, Hodgson E, Maibach H, Reiter L, Ritter L, Ross J, Slikker W Jr., van Hemmen J, eds., Boston, MA: Academic Press, 2010 Jan; 2:1313-1369
A comprehensive, national surveillance system for acute pesticide-related illness and injury does not currently exist. However, this chapter describes several surveillance systems for pesticide-related illness and injury, each having strengths and weaknesses. Some systems, such as the NPDS, are most useful for assessing magnitude and trends. Others (e.g., state-based surveillance systems) are more useful for timely identification of outbreaks and emerging problems. Efforts to standardize data collection have been ongoing. Standardization of data collection facilitates linkage of data across surveillance systems to create a fuller understanding of the acute pesticide-related illness and injury problem. Through standardization and information sharing across surveillance systems, a national comprehensive surveillance system may be attainable. Although all of the surveillance systems described in this chapter have strengths and weaknesses, almost all provide useful information that is vital to target scarce public health resources toward the prevention of pesticide-related effects on human health and the environment.
Pesticide-residues; Pesticides; Surveillance-programs; Health-hazards; Humans
Book or book chapter
Krieger-R; Doull-J; Hodgson-E; Maibach-H; Reiter-L; Ritter-L; Ross-J; Slikker-W Jr.; van Hemmen-J
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Hayes' handbook of pesticide toxicology, 3rd edition
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