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Organochlorine pesticides in blood serum of the general yugoslav population and in occupationally exposed workers

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The content of chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticide residues was determined by gas chromatography in serum samples of the general population living in four different parts of Yugoslavia and in two groups of occupationally exposed workers. The serum samples (193) were analyzed for p,p′-DDT, p,p′-DDE, p,p′-DDD, Lindane, and alpha-HCH. All samples contained p,p′-DDE. Few samples from the general population contained Lindane or alpha-HCH. Workers engaged in the production, formulation and packing of pesticides had a higher incidence and higher contents of the residues than the general population. The concentrations of residues in the general population fall within the ranges reported for other countries.

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Correspondence to Elsa Reiner PhD.

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Krauthacker, B., Alebić-Kolbah, T., Kralj, M. et al. Organochlorine pesticides in blood serum of the general yugoslav population and in occupationally exposed workers. Int. Arch Occup Environ Heath 45, 217–220 (1980). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00380785

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Key words

  • Organochloride pesticide residues
  • Biological monitoring
  • Human blood
  • General population
  • Exposed workers