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Document ID (ISN)74370
CIS number 00-185
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gomes J., Lloyd O., Revitt M.D., Basha M.
Title Morbidity among farm workers in a desert country in relation to long-term exposure to pesticides
Bibliographic information June 1998, Vol.24, No.3, p.213-219. 31 ref.
Abstract Subclinical morbidity patterns among male established migrant farm workers were compared with referents and with new migrant farmworkers in a desert country. Erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase activity and haemoglobin-adjusted erythrocyte acetylcholinesterase activity were significantly depleted, and results of aiming and digit symbol tests were significantly lower for the established workers. Irritated conjunctiva, watery eyes, blurred vision, dizziness, headache, muscular pain, and weakness were reported by established workers in statistically significantly higher numbers than by the referents and new workers. Morbidity patterns, such as the health complaints and objective parameters suggested in this study, would be suitable as criteria for identifying farm workers most at risk from pesticide toxicity and as criteria for initiating measures to control and reduce exposure.
Descriptors (primary) morbidity; desert climate; agriculture; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) cholinesterase monitoring; visual function disorders; blood count; acetylcholinesterase; eye irritation; United Arab Emirates; symptoms; neuromuscular disorders; vertigo; long-term exposure; migrant workers; organophosphorus compounds
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) Natural phenomena
Agricultural chemicals