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Am J Public Health. 2003 Apr;93(4):605-10.

Acute pesticide-related illnesses among working youths, 1988-1999.

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  • 1Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cincinnati, Ohio 45226, USA. jac6@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The goal of this study was to describe acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses among youths and to provide prevention recommendations.

METHODS:

Survey data from 8 states and from poison control center data were analyzed. Illness incidence rates and incidence rate ratios were calculated.

RESULTS:

A total of 531 youths were identified with acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses. Insecticides were responsible for most of these illnesses (68%), most of which were of minor severity (79%). The average annual incidence rate among youths aged 15 to 17 years was 20.4 per billion hours worked, and the incidence rate ratio among youths vs adults was 1.71 (95% confidence interval = 1.53, 1.91).

CONCLUSIONS:

The present findings suggest the need for greater efforts to prevent acute occupational pesticide-related illnesses among adolescents.

PMID:
12660205
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PMCID:
PMC1447798
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