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Pesticide Exposures Indicators

Pesticide Exposures Indicators

The pesticide exposures indicators provide information for all 50 states about the rate and number of reported exposures to different kinds of pesticides and the illnesses related to the exposures. In addition, you can select advanced options for the data that provide critical information on the location where people are exposed, such as home or at work; and the reason for the exposure, such as unintentional exposure from air or soil, improper or incorrect use of a pesticide, and work-related activities.

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Reported Pesticide Exposures

This indicator shows the number and rate (number of cases per 100,000 population) of exposures to different types of pesticides by state and by year reported to poison control centers. Pesticides are categorized according to their functional class: disinfectants, fumigants, fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, repellents, and rodenticides. Data can be used to identify trends and patterns of reported pesticide exposures over time and in different geographic regions. The advanced options allow the user to explore patterns related to the presence and severity of health outcomes from the reported exposure, type of pesticides involved with reported exposures and, where people are exposed to pesticides.

Advanced Options for this Indicator
  • Pesticide Exposure Site - This Advanced option shows the reason for the reported pesticide exposure.
    • Residential - your home or another residence
    • Workplace
    • Other - any location not included in residential or workplace exposure sites, for example, school, a medical facility, or other public place such as a restaurant
  • Reason for Pesticide Exposure - This advanced option shows the rate and number of reported exposures by location.
    • Unintentional environmental - any exposure from air, water, or soil contamination
    • Unintentional misuse - improper or incorrect use of a pesticide product resulting in a pesticide exposure
    • Unintentional occupational - any job-related exposure
    • Unintentional general - all other unintentional exposures
Pesticide-Related Illness

This indicator shows the rate and number of illnesses that resulted from the reported pesticide exposure and the severity of the health effects. The health effects range from minor effect to death. The health effects data groupings are defined by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC).

  • No effect - The patient did not have any signs or symptoms as a result of the exposure.
  • Minor effect - The patient developed some symptoms, but improved rapidly without any long-term health effects. Examples include drowsiness, skin irritation, and mild cough.
  • Moderate effect - The patient developed symptoms that lasted longer or were more serious than minor effects, but not life threatening. Usually treatment is involved. Examples include high fever, disorientation, and low blood pressure.
  • Major effect - The patient developed life-threatening symptoms that caused serious health problems or disfigurement as a result of the exposure. Examples include seizures, and cardiac or respiratory arrest.
  • Death - The patient died as a direct result of the exposure or complication of the exposure.
  • Unable to follow-potentially toxic - The patient was lost to follow-up, refused follow-up, or was not followed, but the exposure was significant and may have resulted in a moderate or major outcome or death.

Advanced Options for this Indicator are the same as those for the Reported Pesticide Exposures Indicator.

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