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Document ID (ISN)53111
CIS number 90-226
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1988
Convention or series no.
Author(s) He F., Sun J., Han K., Wu Y., Yao P., Wang S., Liu L.
Title Effects of pyrethroid insecticides on subjects engaged in packing of pyrethroids
Bibliographic information Aug. 1988, Vol.45, No.8, p.548-551. 10 ref.
Abstract A health survey was conducted on 199 workers engaged in dividing and packaging pyrethroids. The subjects were exposed to fenvalerate at 0.012-0.055mg/m3 and deltamethrin at 0.005-0.012mg/m3 in the air with simultaneous skin contact for 0.5-4.5 months. Burning sensations and tightness or numbness on the face appeared in two thirds of the subjects and one third had sniffs and sneezes. Abnormal facial sensations, dizziness, fatigue, and miliary red papules on the skin were more evident in summer than in winter. Neither abnormalities in other organs or systems nor symptoms or signs of acute pyrethroid poisoning were found by interviews, examinations, and laboratory tests. There was no significant difference in plasma levels of NA, cAMP, and cGMP between the examined subjects and the control group. The urine concentration of fenvalerate in the study group ranged from 1.02 to 18.6µg/L; deltamethrin in the urine was present in trace amounts.
Descriptors (primary) fenvalerate; agriculture; insecticides; decamethrin
Descriptors (secondary) neurotoxic effects; irritants; symptoms; medical examinations; questionnaire survey; dermatological effects; sampling and analysis; occupational health survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
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