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Insecticide Exposure is Common: Kids are Exposed More than Adults

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 01, 2010 12:00 AM

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is the first study to look at insecticide exposures of a statistical sample of all Americans. Recently, CDC scientists published an analysis of how insecticide exposure varies among Americans of different age

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,  conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control  (CDC), is the first study to look at insecticide exposures of a statistical sample of all Americans. Recently, CDC scientists published an analysis of how insecticide exposure varies among Americans of different ages.

How was the study conducted?

Between 1999 and 200, CDC collected urine samples from almost 2,000 people in 26 different locations across the country. These people were selected statistically  to represent the entire country. The urine samples were analyzed for six breakdown products of common organophosaphate insecticides.

What did the study find?

Americans are commonly exposed to insecticides. All of the insecticide breakdown products were found in at least 50 percent of the people tested, and the most common breakdown product was found in 70 percent of the people. Concentrations of insecticide breakdown products were higher in children between the ages of 6 and 11 than in adults. (Children under the age of 6 were not included in this study.)

Study Summary: Barr. D.B. et al. 2004. Concentrations of dialkyl phosphate metabolites of organophosphorus pesticides in the U.S. population. Enivronmental Health Perspectives 112(2):186-200.