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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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BOCHNER, Rosany. National Poisoning Information System - SINITOX and human intoxication by pesticides in Brazil. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.1, pp.73-89. ISSN 1413-8123.

This study analyzes the profiles of pesticide intoxication, here distinguished by agricultural pesticides, household pesticides, veterinary products, and rodenticides, according to data obtained from the National Poisoning Information System (SINITOX) database, from 1999 to 2003. The findings indicate different profiles for poisonings caused by these four products. While poisoning by agricultural pesticides and veterinary products is more frequent among adults and males, poisoning by household pesticides and rodenticides is more frequent among children and females. The lethality for each kind also varies greatly, from 0.44% for household pesticides to 2.80% for agricultural pesticides. The integrated analyses of poisonings by pesticides, without distinguishing the type of pesticide may be an error, distorting the findings, even hiding risk factors. It is therefore necessary to disseminate information on each kind of poisoning.

Keywords : Agricultural pesticides; Household pesticides; Veterinary products; Rodenticides.

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