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Work-related pesticide-associated illness and injury New Mexico, 2001-2006.
Moraga-McHaley S; Kesler DO
N.M. Epidemiol Rep 2007 Dec; 2007(9):1-4
A pesticide is a substance or mixture of substances that is used to kill, repel, or otherwise control nuisance insects, animals, plants or fungi. As of December 2006, there were 10,342 products with 739 active ingredients registered for pesticide use in New Mexico. Workers in New Mexico are at risk for a variety of acute health effects from pesticides including skin irritation, respiratory effects, and organophosphate poisoning symptoms. Since 2000 New Mexico has had over twice the rate of work-related pesticide illness and injury calls reported to poison centers than the United States as a whole. The New Mexico Occupational Health Registry (NMOHR) receives data from a variety of sources, one of which is the New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center (NMPDIC). The current report describes an analysis of calls made between January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2006 to the NMPDIC for work-related pesticide-associated illness and injury.
Pesticides; Pesticide-industry; Pest-control; Pests; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Animals; Insects; Fungi; Plants; Workers; Work-environment; Sociological-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Exposure-levels; Risk-factors; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-infections; Respiration; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-disorders; Skin-irritants; Skin-exposure; Organo-phosphorus-pesticides; Organo-phosphorus-compounds; Organic-compounds; Organic-chemicals; Poisons; Statistical-analysis
Issue of Publication
New Mexico Epidemiology Report
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Page last reviewed: March 25, 2022
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division