Mortality From Pesticides in 1961

  • Hayes, Wayland J.;
  • Pirkle, Carl I.


There were 119 deaths in 1961 possibly related to pesticides, and 111 of them were ascribed to identifiable materials. About 90% of deaths attributed to pesticides were correctly diagnosed as indicated by evidence of adequate exposure, a consistent clinical course, or appropriate laboratory and autopsy findings. Of the 111 reasonably definite cases, 51% were in children under 10 years old; at least 58% involved compounds older than chlorophenothane (DDT); not more than 15% were occupational; and several cases were associated with alcoholic intoxication, mental deficiency, improper storage of the poison, or some other special circumstance. Safer use of pesticides in this country should be attainable because, especially in children, a few countries already have a lower mortality rate associated with these useful materials.


JOURNAL: Arch Environ Health. 1966; 12(1): 43-55.

Note: Archives of Environmental Health.

NLOM ID#: 90087825 .

Publication #: 90087825

This document was extracted from the CDC-NIOSH Epidemiology of Farm Related Injuries: Bibliography With Abstracts, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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