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CDC Highlights Risk of Injury for Agricultural Employees Due to Pesticide Exposure

A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 14, 2016 revealed that an approximate 2,606 cases of acute occupational pesticide-related illness and injury arose between 2007-2011 in twelve states, including New York. The risk of injury was found to be thirty-seven times more likely in agricultural industry employees. The study evaluated that the injuries arose from pesticides such as insecticides, insect repellents, herbicides, fungicides, and fumigants. The injuries ranged from low to high severity, and two workers have died as a result.

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