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Document ID (ISN)67823
CIS number 96-2175
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) McKnight R.H., Koetke C.A., Donnelly C.
Title Familial clusters of green tobacco sickness
Bibliographic information 1996, Vol.3, No.2, p.51-59. 26 ref.
Abstract Three case studies are presented of clusters of three to five members of an immediate or extended family who became ill after working together on tobacco farms in Kentucky, USA. Symptoms included vomiting, nausea, weakness, dizziness, pallor, headache and diaphoresis. Factors contributing to the clustering of green tobacco sickness in this area include the predominance of family-based work crews, manual harvesting methods involving considerable dermal contact with the tobacco plants, and the high nicotine content of the tobacco.
Descriptors (primary) nicotine; tobacco farming; green-tobacco sickness
Descriptors (secondary) USA; case study; Kentucky
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Heterocyclic compounds
Agriculture