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Document ID (ISN)108794
CIS number 08-1298
ISSN - Serial title 1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Del Prado-Lu J.L.
Title Pesticide exposure, risk factors and health problems among cutflower farmers: A cross sectional study
Bibliographic information Sep. 2007, Vol.2, No.9, 8p. 34 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study aimed to determine associations between haematological indices such as red blood cell cholinesterase (RBC) and mean corpuscular volume (MCV), with illnesses related to pesticide exposure among cut flower farmers in a region of the Philippines. A total of 102 randomly-selected cut flower farmers underwent comprehensive medical examinations and answered a questionnaire their on work practices and state of health. A majority of exposed farmers were symptomatic, with most common complaints being headache (48%), fatigue (46.1%) and cough (40.2%). Statistical analyses showed that RBC cholinesterase levels were associated with age and the selling of pesticide containers. The number of years of using pesticides, the use of contaminated cloth, the incorrect mixing of pesticides, sex and illnesses due to pesticides were correlated with abnormal MCV. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; pesticides; flower and perfume-plant growing; risk factors; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) Philippines; cholinesterase; migraine; respiratory diseases; fatigue; questionnaire survey; medical examinations; unsafe practices; contamination; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; statistical evaluation; determination in blood; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePhilippines
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Chemical safety
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Agricultural chemicals