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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. Chronic, low-level exposure to pesticides is linked with neurological, developmental, reproductive and other effects in children. Exposure may result from the use of pesticides in gardens, homes and schools, agricultural drift, or through contaminated food and drinking water.

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