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A clinical survey of paraquat formulation workers

A clinical survey of paraquat formulation workers

British Journal of Industrial Medicine 36(3): 220-223

A group of 18 male Caucasian workers from the UK and 18 male mixed race (mainly Malay) workers from Malaysia employed in the formulation of paraquat-based herbicides were examined for evidence of chronic ill health after long-term exposure to paraquat. Clinical records were examined, medical and occupational histories were obtained and a clinical examination, particularly of the skin, was undertaken. Skin rashes, nail damage and epistaxes were encountered by most workers as a result of direct contact of skin and mucous membranes with paraquat. These conditions subsided rapidly and no worker reported any consequences. There was no clinical evidence of long-term effects on skin, mucous membranes or general health following exposure to paraquat over several years in these workers.

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PMID: 500781

DOI: 10.2307/27723365

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