Children's Pesticide Exposure

(NIOSH/CDC, 1991-2002) This investigation focused on the measurement of pesticide exposures in children of agricultural producers and farm workers and an analysis of risks associated with such exposures. It also explored new exposure assessment methods for evaluating exposure and risk in these populations. The project demonstrated that soil and house dust concentrations in and around the homes of agricultural families are significantly higher than those found for reference families in the same community, and that such patterns continue over several years. It has also been demonstrated that children of pesticide applicators had four times higher organophosphorus pesticide metabolite levels in urine as did reference children during the spraying season.

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