Survey of Pesticide Poisoning in Sri Lanka

  • Copplestone, J. F.;
  • Jeyaratnam, J.;
  • Seneviratne, R. S.


This study included a sample survey of the clinical records of patients admitted to the different hospitals in Sri Lanka, and showed that approximately 13000 patients are admitted to hospital annually for pesticide poisoning and that each year 1000 of them die. Suicidal attempts account for 73% of the total, and occupational and accidental poisoning accounts for 24.9%. It is recommended that urgent action be taken to minimize the extent of the problem.


JOURNAL: Bull World Health Organ. 1982 60(4): 615-619.

Note: Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

NLOM ID#: 83051253 .

Publication #: 83051253

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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