Pattern of Poisoning in a Developing Agricultural Country

  • Senewiratne, B.;
  • Thambipillai, Shanthi


Four hundred and seventy-two cases of poisoning were seen over a two-year period in Kandy, Ceylon. The overall mortality was 23.7%. The pattern of poisoning was different from that in western countries in that 49.8% of the cases were due to insecticide poisoning and only 10.7% were due to drugs, including barbiturates. Insecticides accounted for 73.2% and drugs for only 4.5 % of the 112 fatal cases. Of the fatal cases 51.7% were between the ages of 20 and 40 years and only 6.2% were over 5 years. The wastage of economically useful lives indicates the need for a poison center.


JOURNAL: Br J Prev Soc Med. 1974; 28(1): 32- 36.

Note: British Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine.

NLOM ID#: 74121369

Publication #: 74121369

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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