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Author(s):Stevens, William B.
Author Affiliation:CGCS, Wolferts Roost Country Club, Albany, NY.
Title:Are You Being Poisoned? Find Out with a Cholinesterase Test
Source:Our Collaborator. April 1988, p. 20.
Publishing Information:Rexford, NY: The Northeastern GCSA.
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Applicator testing; Chemical applicators; Chronic toxicity; Cholinesterase test; Cholinesterase
Abstract/Contents:There is a new test to determine whether chemical pesticides are poisoning the applicator's system. Cholinesterase is an enzyme produced in the liver that is necessary for your nervous system to work. Both carbamate and organophosphate pesticides reduce this chemical. Organophosphates are usually considered more dangerous because their poisonous effects are longer lasting, and because these compounds affect both red blood cells and cholinesterase activity. Carbamates primarily affect the cholinesterase activy, but some exposures to carbamates can cause more rapid poisoning than organophosphates, thus they are just as lethal. It is recommended that a person have a blood test to determine their normal or base level of cholinesterase early in the spring before using any pesticides. A simple blood test done periodically during the season to compare with the base level will reveal if you have been poisoned. If you have, you can take the necessary precautions to avoid further exposure until your level has returned to normal.
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Stevens, W. B. 1988. Are You Being Poisoned? Find Out with a Cholinesterase Test. Our Collaborator. p. 20.
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