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10 facts on children's environmental health

A teenage boy uses pesticide from a can, Argentina
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Acute poisoning from pesticides can be life-threatening to children

Unsafe use, storage and disposal of pesticides are the main causes of acute poisoning. An estimated 1 million to 5 million cases of pesticide poisonings occur every year, resulting in 20 000 fatalities, including children. Chronic pesticide exposure is linked with neurological, developmental, and reproductive problem in children. Sources of exposure include gardens, homes, schools, agricultural drift, and contaminated food and drinking water.

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