Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 84, Issue 6, pp 647–651

Correlation Between Pesticide Use in Agriculture and Adverse Birth Outcomes in Brazil: An Ecological Study

  • Marília Teixeira de Siqueira
  • Cynthia Braga
  • José Eulálio Cabral-Filho
  • Lia Giraldo da Silva Augusto
  • José Natal Figueiroa
  • Ariani Impieri Souza
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00128-010-0027-8

Cite this article as:
de Siqueira, M.T., Braga, C., Cabral-Filho, J.E. et al. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol (2010) 84: 647. doi:10.1007/s00128-010-0027-8

Abstract

This ecological study analyzed the association between pesticide use and prematurity, low weight and congenital abnormality at birth, infant death by congenital abnormality, and fetal death in Brazil in 2001. Simple linear regression analysis has determined a positive association between pesticide use and prematurity, low birth weight, and congenital abnormality. The association between pesticide use and low birth weight (p = 0.045) and, congenital abnormality (p = 0.004) and infant death rate by congenital abnormality (p = 0.039) remained after the adjustment made by the proportion of pregnant women with a low number of prenatal care visits.

Keywords

PesticidesBirth weightPreterm birthBirth defect

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marília Teixeira de Siqueira
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Cynthia Braga
    • 1
    • 4
  • José Eulálio Cabral-Filho
    • 1
  • Lia Giraldo da Silva Augusto
    • 2
    • 4
  • José Natal Figueiroa
    • 1
  • Ariani Impieri Souza
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Medicina Integral Prof. Fernando FigueiraRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdade de Ciencias MedicasUniversidade de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  3. 3.Secretaria de Saude do Estado de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  4. 4.Centro de Pesquisa Aggeu MagalhaesFundaçao Oswaldo CruzRecifeBrazil