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Document ID (ISN)69743
CIS number 97-1618
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1997
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gomes J., et al.
Title Erythrocyte cholinesterase activity levels in desert farm workers
Bibliographic information Feb. 1997, Vol.47, No.2, p.90-94. 29 ref.
Abstract Erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity was measured to determine the degree of toxicity due to exposure to organophosphate and carbamate pesticides in 532 migrant farm workers in the United Arab Emirates. AChE levels and haemoglobin adjusted erythrocyte cholinesterase (HAChE) levels were significantly lower in farm workers than in controls; lowest levels were found in those most frequently involved in applying pesticides. Regional differences in the types and amounts of pesticides used were also reflected in differences in AChE and HAChE levels. Results highlight the need for training of these farm workers and use of protective equipment.
Descriptors (primary) pesticides; United Arab Emirates; agriculture; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) cholinesterase monitoring; dose-response relationship; crop protection; blood count
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Arab Emirates; United Kingdom
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Agricultural chemicals