Pesticide exposures among children less than seven years of age - Louisiana pesticide surveillance data, 2003-2007.
La Morb Rep 2009 Mar-Apr; 20(2):4-6
Statewide surveillance of pesticide exposures is conducted by the Louisiana Office of Public Health's Section of Environmental Epidemiology & Toxicology (SEET). The main sources of pesticide exposure reports are calls made to the Louisiana Poison Control Center (PCC), and complaints filed with Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF), the state agency responsible for enforcing pesticide misapplications or misuse. SEET works closely with LDAF to evaluate health effects associated with complaints of pesticide exposure. Pesticide poisoning is a reportable condition in Louisiana, although very few cases are reported directly by physicians. Pesticides include any substance or mixture of substances intended to control a variety of pests such as insects, rodents, fungi, weeds and microorganisms. Typical household pesticide products are insect sprays, cleaning products and mosquito repellents. One of the most common locations of pesticide exposure, especially to children, is within the family residence. This report examines pesticide exposures among children less than seven years of age during a five-year period (2003-2007). Only cases with at least two health effects associated with pesticide exposure were included in the data analysis.
Surveillance-programs; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Children; Poisons; Poison-control; Cleaning-compounds; Insect-repellents; Insecticide-poisoning; Pest-control; Sprays; Housekeeping-products; Biological-effects; Disinfectants; Household-bleach; Herbicides; Rodenticides; Emergency-treatment; Medical-treatment
Roshan Badakhsh, Louisiana Office of Public Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section, P.O. Box 60630, New Orleans, LA 70160
Louisiana Morbidity Report
Louisiana State Office of Public Health