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California pesticide illness up 4%

Investigations of pesticide-related illness in the US state of California rose by 4.2% to 1,329 cases in 2009. The level was within the range typical of recent years, notes the California EPA’s Department of Pesticide Regulation. Pesticide exposure was confirmed as a possible contributing factor in 918 (69.1%) cases. Agricultural use of pesticides was the source of exposure in 252 (27.5%) of the 918 cases. There was evidence of a definite link with pesticide exposure in 131 cases, of which ten were agriculture related. There were probable links for 521 cases (181 agricultural) and 266 (61) were possibly linked.

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