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Last Edited: 3/16/2009

Urinary Pesticide Metabolites Study

From 2001 to 2003, EHIB collected urine samples from women of reproductive age living in Imperial County and analyzed these samples for pesticides. 

The pesticide concentrations detected were compared to national average concentration levels in women. Concentrations of certain pesticides in women living in Imperial County were found to be higher than US averages, but lower than amounts that could present potential health risks. 

Results from this study will be compared to tests being conducted among women in other farming communities, such as Salinas, California. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and EHIB are currently collaborating on a final report and a manuscript to be submitted to a scientific journal. 

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