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J Trop Pediatr. 2014 Feb;60(1):4-9. doi: 10.1093/tropej/fmt067. Epub 2013 Aug 12.

Acute pesticide poisoning among children in South Korea: findings from National Health Insurance claims data, 2006-2009.

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Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to estimate the incidence of acute pesticide poisoning among children in South Korea and describe the related epidemiologic characteristics.

METHODS:

We evaluated the age-standardized rates of incidence of pesticide poisoning among children in South Korea from 2006 through 2009 using National Health Insurance claims data.

RESULTS:

A total of 1232 children aged 0-14 years were identified from the acute pesticide poisoning cases reported across South Korea during the study period. The annual average age-standardized rate of incidence from acute pesticide poisoning was 3.6 per 100 000. The majority of the cases were identified in the categories of the 1-4-year-old age-group (56.5%), outpatients (80.0%), single-day visit to a hospital (70.4%) and summer occurrence (43.3%).

CONCLUSIONS:

Acute pesticide poisoning is prevalent among children in South Korea; therefore, intervention efforts are needed to reduce the cases of pesticide poisoning among children.

KEYWORDS:

agricultural chemicals; children; epidemiology; incidence; poisoning

PMID:
23943296
DOI:
10.1093/tropej/fmt067
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