Acute Poisonings
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Intoxicaciones por plaguicidas en Costa Rica  (01.01.02)
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Intoxicaciones por plaguicidas en Costa Rica: Informe epidemiológico 2001 [In Spanish], San José, Costa Rica: OPS/Organización Mundial de la Salud: Proyecto PLAGSALUD, 2002a
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Proyecto PLAGSALUD Costa Rica: Memoria fase II [In Spanish], San José, Costa Rica: OPS/Organización Mundial de la Sa-lud: Proyecto PLAGSALUD, 2002b
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Subregistro de las intoxicaciones por plaguicidas [In Spanish], San José, Costa Rica: OPS/Organización Mundial de la Salud: Proyecto PLAGSALUD, 2002c

In 2001 in Costa Rica paraquat was identified as causal agent in 127 cases of 544 notified pesticide poisonings (or 19.5% of total, in 31% the causal agent was unknown); these oc-curred under the following circumstances: 57 suicides, 29 accidents at the workplace, 17 due to occupational exposure and 24 unknown (OPS/OMS 2002a).

Between 1996 and 2001 in Costa Rica paraquat was the cause of 35% of all notified poisonings (OPS/OMS 2002b).

Reporting by the national surveillance system was incomplete, and a study in four Costa Rican districts estimated that between 82.2 and 97.8% of pesticide poisonings were not registered; when these cases were included the proportion of poisonings in an occupa-tional setting was 76.8% (OPS/OMS 2002c).

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