Table 1

List of symptoms of acute pesticide poisoning self-reported by the 910 pesticide applicators *

Symptoms list

n of responses (%) for all applicators


Blister, dermatitis, urticaria, hyperhidrosis, pruritus and swelling

106 (11.6)

Nervous system

Dizziness, syncope, headache, numbness and weakness

97 (10.7)

Gastrointestinal tract

Diarrhea, vomiting and nausea

40 (4.4)


Unpleasant smell, taste change, fever, poor appetite, muscular pain and thirsty

37 (4.1)

Respiratory system

Chest pain or chest stuffiness, cough, dyspnea/short breath, laryngeal itch and pain

16 (1.8)


Visual fuzzy/double image and eye itch

3 (0.3)

Cardiovascular system

Arrhythmia and tachycardia

3 (0.3)

* Applicators reporting symptoms, n = 124. Applicators reporting two or more symptoms, n = 80.

Zhang et al. BMC Public Health 2011 11:429   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-429

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