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

Ephraim Kahn, Mlchelle 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 - Jan 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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