How pesticide affect human health ?
In Dubai, Abu Dhabi, the dangers of pesticide exposure have only been recently uncovered. In 2010 and 2011, the Poison and Drug Information Center (PDIC) at the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) reported as much as 200 poison-related cases, of which 27 cases were caused by accidental pesticide exposure, either via inhalation or ingestion.
Reports say that out of the 25 cases of non-fatal exposure to pesticides in 2010, three cases led to kidney failure. However, it seems that children are the most common victims of pesticide poisoning. Only recently, a set of five-month old triplets, two-boys and a girl, spent days in the hospital following pesticide inhalation.
Pesticides enter the body via three routes: through the skin, ingestion and inhalation, and the severity of effects of pesticides on the overall health condition of the individuals vary depending on the system involved as well as the manner and duration of exposure.
Pesticides may lead to skin or eye irritation, may cause cancer and can seriously impair the nervous, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. These manifestations are usually congruent to prolonged pesticide exposure or may be due to a single, yet large-dose pesticide exposure.