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  1. Health care for pesticide applicators in a locust eradication campaign in Kuwait (1988-1989).

    Article, Communication - En anglais

    International Symposium on Neurobehavioral Methods and Effects in Occupational and Environmental Health. Cairo (EGY), 1994/12/03.

    Pesticide applicators in the Plant Protection Department of the Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources Authority are monitored regularly by the Occupational Health Section of the Ministry of Health.

    The aim is to protect them from the adverse effects of pesticides and to prevent acute poisoning by removing from exposure those who have low cholinesterase (ChE) activity levels or low white blood cell counts.

    Thirty-eight workers routinely examined in July 1988 were reexamined at the onset of the locust invasion in Kuwait in November 1988 ; also examined were 36 farmers recruited for the first time to fight locusts and a matched control group of 38 firefighters.

    After 2 to 3 months, when the locust invasion decreased markedly and pesticide spraying nearly stopped, the exposed workers were reexamined.

    The pesticides used to control locusts were five organophosphates and one organo-chlorine (lindane).

    Sixty percent of normal for red blood cell (RBC) ChE activity and 50% of normal for plasma ChE activity were used as threshold levels for removing workers from continued exposure to ChE-inhibiting pesticides.

    The different reactions of study groups during the locust control period are described, including results from tests of pulmonary function, RBC and plasma ChE activity, and nerve conduction velocity.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Pesticide, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Pulvérisation, Agriculteur, Homme, Toxicité, Surveillance biologique, Koweit, Asie, Fonction respiratoire, Activité enzymatique, Cholinesterase, Carboxylic ester hydrolases, Esterases, Hydrolases, Enzyme, Erythrocyte, Plasma sanguin, Vitesse conduction, Conduction nerveuse

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Pesticides, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Spraying, Farmer, Human, Toxicity, Biological monitoring, Kuwait, Asia, Lung function, Enzymatic activity, Cholinesterase, Carboxylic ester hydrolases, Esterases, Hydrolases, Enzyme, Red blood cell, Blood plasma, Conduction velocity, Nerve conduction

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0527946

    Code Inist : 002B03G. Création : 13/02/1998.