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Document ID (ISN)50633
CIS number 88-1987
ISSN - Serial title Journal of the Japanese Association of Rural Medicine
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wakatsuki T.
Title Comprehensive study of the effects of agricultural chemicals on human bodies
Original title Nōgyō kagaku busshitsu ni yoru jintai e no eikyō ni kansuru sōgōteki kenkyū [in Japanese]
Bibliographic information Mar. 1987, Vol.35, No.6, p.1021-1026. Illus.
Abstract This is a report on the findings of a comprehensive study done by the Pesticide Poisoning Study Team of the Japanese Association of Rural Medicine in 1983-85. In the three years, 416 cases were treated at 35 medical institutions. In comparison with past findings, there was no decrease in accidents, the incidence was greatest among people in their fifties and herbicides were the principal problem. As regards organochlorine pesticides in the fat tissue of human bodies, 0.3ppm of total DDT and 0.2ppm of total BHC were detected. The amount of mercury in hair was 4.4-5.8ppm for men and 3.2ppm for women. In experimental studies on the chronic effects of pesticides, animals fed with low-protein forage were readily poisoned by organophosphorus compounds. Among experimental animals painted with paraquat or exposed by inhalation, it was detectable for 17 days in excreta in the former case and for 10 days in the latter. No lung fibrosis was observed.
Descriptors (primary) herbicides; poisoning; livestock rearing; horticulture; pesticides; agriculture; Japan
Descriptors (secondary) report; DDT; epidemiologic study; paraquat; survey; lindane
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Livestock rearing
Agriculture