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Pesticide Poisonings in Minnesota, 2000–2015


This study investigated work- and nonwork-related pesticide poisonings in Minnesota. Counts, rates, trends, and spatial analysis of pesticide poisonings using data from the Minnesota Poison Control Center were produced. A total of 954 work- and 9,304 nonwork-related pesticide poisonings were reported from 2005–2015. Both showed statistically significant changes: there was a 0.52% decrease for nonwork cases and a small 0.06% decrease for work cases. After adjusting for geography and severity of medical outcomes, the prevalence of work to nonwork cases was 1.37 times higher. Work cases also had a 337% increase in major medical outcomes compared to nonwork cases. There was also a statistically significant interaction between seasonality and pesticide poisoning cases. Pesticide poisonings occurred 5.81 times more frequently during summer than during winter. This study shows the data can be mapped using caller location but should be carefully interpreted. Overall, poison control data continue to be a reliable method for pesticide poisoning surveillance.

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Speaker / Author:
Gillian H. Capper, MPH, Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Minnesota Department of Health
Adrienne M.K. Landsteiner, MPH, PhD, Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Minnesota Department of Health
Month Year:
November 2019
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Publication Month:
November 2019
Hazardous Materials