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Revista de Salud Pública

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IDROVO, Alvaro Javier. Surveillance of pesticide poisoning in Colombia. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2000, vol.2, n.1, pp.36-46. ISSN 0124-0064.

The objective of this article is to realize a critical review of the epidemiologic surveillance of pesticide-related health effects in Colombia. First, it describes the historic changes in the exposure to pesticides in the country, the expected and potential adverse health effects (chronic, acute, and sub-acute). Second, it reviews some epidemiologic surveillance systems actually used in Colombia with their strongholds and weakness. Finally, it proposes some basic issues to improve this important public health activity.

Keywords : Pesticide; epidemiologic surveillance; Colombia; public health.

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