Pesticide-related symptoms among farm workers in rural Honduras

Amy Cantor, Bethany Young-Holt

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Abstract

A survey of 96 families in a rural region of Honduras, conducted in 1998, showed that 80 of these predominantly (95 or 96) farming families used pesticides in their work or at home. Paraquat was used most often, and safety measures were very rarely taken in its use. Seventy-seven families stored pesticide containers in their homes, often within the reach of children. Every worker who used paraquat had at least one symptom potentially related to its use, and the prevalences of childhood disorders in the region are abnormally high compared with national averages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Volume8
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Farm workers
  • Honduras
  • Paraquat
  • Pesticides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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