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Document ID (ISN)77891
CIS number 02-305
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9936 - Cahiers de médecine interprofessionnelle
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fayomi B., Affedjou B., Affognon A., Toko I.
Title Use of pesticides and clinical symptoms among children working in cotton fields in Aplahoué (Republic of Benin)
Original title Utilisation de pesticides et symptômes cliniques chez les enfants travaillant dans les champs de coton à Aplahoué (République du Bénin) [in French]
Bibliographic information 2000, Vol.40, No.2, p.147-154. 17 ref.
Abstract In Benin, children are involved in the protective treatment of cotton alongside adults. Consequently, they handle organophosphorus and pyrethroid insecticides. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in 1999 in the sub-prefecture of Aplahoué, situated in the southern part of the country. It highlighted the fact that during spraying, more than half the children did not take wind direction into account. They exhibited skin, neurological and respiratory clinical symptoms. On experiencing these symptoms, more than a third of the children resort to self-medication with dangerous products. With the use of pesticides, the issue of child labour takes a critical dimension in Benin. It is therefore urgent to take appropriate steps to put an end to this practice.
Descriptors (primary) cotton farming; symptoms; pesticide spraying; child labour; toxic substances
Descriptors (secondary) children; Benin; organophosphorus compounds; neurological effects; respiratory diseases; skin diseases; cross-sectional study; pyrethroids
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBenin
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Child labour