Assessment of acute health effects from the medfly eradication project in santa clara county california

Ephraim Kahn, Michelle Berlin, Margaret Deane, James W. Stratton

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Abstract

Surveys were performed to assess the acute health effects of aerial application of malathion bait over a large urban area. Three indirect attempts to assess utilization of health care services were made: (1) surveillance of a major hospital emergency department was undertaken, (2) ambulance dispatches wece reviewed, and (3) emergency treatments for asthma at a universii hospital were reviewed. These assessments were negative but insensitive. Prevalence of self-reported symptoms was assessed with two surveys that were subject to severe time constraints. Personal interviews of the same individuals, befow and after the spraying, were conducted: one was conducted by telephone and the other by residential visit. Results indicated no detectable increase in acute morbidity. Also, after the spraying, there was a decrease in anxiety-related symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-284
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Volume47
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

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Ceratitis capitata
Spraying
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Ambulances
Malathion
malathion
Emergency Treatment
asthma
Hospital Departments
bait
morbidity
Health care
Telephone
health care
Health Services
Hospital Emergency Service
Asthma
Anxiety
urban area
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  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Assessment of acute health effects from the medfly eradication project in santa clara county california. / Kahn, Ephraim; Berlin, Michelle; Deane, Margaret; Stratton, James W.

In: Archives of Environmental Health, Vol. 47, No. 4, 1992, p. 279-284.

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