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Document ID (ISN)58801
CIS number 92-1633
ISSN - Serial title 0007-1072 - British Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chen S., Zhang Z., He F., Yao P., Wu Y., Sun J., Liu L., Li Q.
Title An epidemiological study on occupational acute pyrethroid poisoning in cotton farmers
Bibliographic information Feb. 1991, Vol.48, No.2, p.77-81. 9 ref.
Abstract A cross sectional survey on the prevalence of acute pyrethroid poisoning in Chinese cotton farmers was conducted in 1987 and 1988. A total of 3113 pyrethroid spraymen (2230 men (71.6%) and 883 women (28.4%)) were interviewed after spraying and followed up for 72 hours. Adverse effects of pyrethroid exposure were found in 834 of them (26.8%), manifested as abnormal facial sensations, dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, or loss of appetite. Only 10 subjects, who developed significant systemic symptoms and had signs of listlessness or muscular fasciculation, were diagnosed as having mild occupational acute pyrethroid poisoning, with a prevalence of 0.31% in subjects exposed to pure pyrethroids and 0.38% in subjects exposed to pyrethroid organophosphate mixtures. Measurements of pyrethroid concentrations in the air of the breathing zone, in skin pads, and in urine samples showed that dermal contamination is the main route of exposure to pyrethroids in cotton growers. Preventive measures are recommended.
Descriptors (primary) China; cotton farming; crop protection; pyrethroids; insecticides; acute poisoning
Descriptors (secondary) toxic effects; fenvalerate; comparative study; toxicity evaluation; dermal toxicity; epidemiologic study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceChina
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agricultural chemicals
Esters and salts
Agriculture