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Chemical Pesticides and Human Health

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Posted by: MichaelSmith at Mon May 21 01:07:09 2018  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by MichaelSmith ]  
   

Hi,

Pesticides are substances or mixtures of substances that are mainly used in agriculture or in public health protection programs in order to protect plants from pests, weeds or diseases, and humans from vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue fever, and schistosomiasis. Insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, rodenticides, and plant growth regulators are typical examples . These products are also used for other purposes, such as the improvement and maintenance of non-agricultural areas like public urban green areas and sport fields . Furthermore, there are other less known applications of these chemical substances, such as in pet shampoos, building materials, and boat bottoms in order to eliminate or prevent the presence of unwanted species
Many of the pesticides have been associated with health and environmental issues, and the agricultural use of certain pesticides has been abandoned. Exposure to pesticides can be through contact with the skin, ingestion, or inhalation. The type of pesticide, the duration and route of exposure, and the individual health status (e.g., nutritional deficiencies and healthy/damaged skin) are determining factors in the possible health outcome. Within a human or animal body, pesticides may be metabolized, excreted, stored, or bioaccumulated in body fat. The numerous negative health effects that have been associated with chemical pesticides include, among other effects, dermatological, gastrointestinal, neurological, carcinogenic, respiratory, reproductive, and endocrine effects. Furthermore, high occupational, accidental, or intentional exposure to pesticides can result in hospitalization and death .

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