Department of Public Health Sciences

Occupational health among migrant and seasonal farmworkers: the specific case of dermatitis

Schenker, M. B. and S. A. McCurdy

Am J Ind Med. 1990. 18(3):345-351.

Occupational health studies of agricultural workers have generally excluded migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and this population experiences a high degree of health risk from agricultural exposures. A survey of dermatologic disorders among migrant and seasonal farmworkers will be used to illustrate this point. Data from a recent field study are presented to illustrate epidemiologic approaches to studying dermatologic disorders in farmworkers and risk factors for dermatitis. This study suggests there is generally a high health risk to agricultural workers and this study also suggests methods to investigate other acute and chronic diseases among agricultural workers.

Keywords: Agricultural Workers' Diseases/*epidemiology, Dermatitis, Occupational/*epidemiology, Human, Incidence, Prevalence, Seasons, Transients and Migrants, United States/epidemiology

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