|Document ID (ISN)||108794|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1745-6673 - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
|Convention or series no.
||Del Prado-Lu J.L.
||Pesticide exposure, risk factors and health problems among cutflower farmers: A cross sectional study
||Sep. 2007, Vol.2, No.9, 8p. 34 ref.
||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.
||state of health; pesticides; flower and perfume-plant growing; risk factors; symptoms
||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
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Philippines|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations