Understanding sources of exposure and knowing where to find general exposure scenario information can be helpful in diagnosing potential pesticide-related illnesses. The following resources may be especially useful for health care providers who would like to improve their knowledge of pesticides.
- Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings
EPA's manual describes signs and symptoms of acute toxicity by class of pesticide, and provides treatment regimens.
- Case Studies in Environmental Medicine. -- Taking an Exposure History (PDF)
Produced by ATSDR. Provides examples of case histories and suggested patient dialogues. Includes an exposure history form.
An HTML version and information on earning CE credits for this content can also be found on the ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Medicine website. Scroll down to the section of the page listing studies "Accredited for CE Credits" to find the listing for "Taking an Exposure History".
- Developing a Pesticide Exposure History-- Pesticide Information Leaflet No. 25
Produced by the University of Maryland Pesticide Education and Assessment Program. Provides guidance on taking exposure histories for both occupational and incidental pesticide exposures.
Resources for Exposure Assessment
County Extension Service -Personnel in your local county University of Maryland Extension office can help determine what might have been applied to a particular crop, and what activities might have taken place through which workers or others may have been exposed.
- USDA Crop Profiles - This USDA-sponsored page can provide information about pesticides used on a particular crop in a specific state in the United States.