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Cholinesterase activity measurements for 542 California agricultural pesticide applicators under medical supervision during the first 9 months of 1985 were analyzed. Twenty-six workers, 4.8% of the sample, had cholinesterase values at or below the California threshold values for removal from continued exposure to cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides (60% of(More)
California's requirement for medical supervision of applicators regularly handling Toxicity Category I and II organophosphate and carbamate cholinesterase-inhibiting pesticides is examined from a policy perspective by the California Department of Health Services (CDHS). Changes to increase the effectiveness of medical supervision and solutions to a number(More)
Male pesticide applicators who worked with the nematocide dibromochloropropane (DBCP) were examined to determine the possible testicular toxicity from this exposure. Infertility and azoospermia which were first noted among factory workers exposed to DBCP were not observed among the applicators. Sperm count depression, however, was associated with the(More)
Public anxiety of near panic proportions was created by the announcement of a plan to commence aerial application of malathion bait over a large urban area in California for the eradication of the Mediterranean fruit fly within four days. A risk assessment had reported the project entailed no significant risk to health but environmentalist groups and the(More)