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Bull World Health Organ. 1982; 60(4): 615–619.
PMCID: PMC2536079

Survey of pesticide poisoning in Sri Lanka


This study included a sample survey of the clinical records of patients admitted to the different hospitals in Sri Lanka, and showed that approximately 13 000 patients are admitted to hospital annually for pesticide poisoning and that each year 1000 of them die. Suicidal attempts account for 73% of the total, and occupational and accidental poisoning accounts for 24.9%. It is recommended that urgent action be taken to minimize the extent of the problem.

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  • Amarasingham RD, Hee TT. A review of poisoning cases examined by the Department of Chemistry, Malaysia from 1968 to 1972. Med J Malaysia. 1976 Mar;30(3):185–193. [PubMed]
  • Senewiratne B, Thambipillai S. Pattern of poisoning in a developing agricultural country. Br J Prev Soc Med. 1974 Feb;28(1):32–36. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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