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Due to the seriousness of pesticide and heavy metal poisoning and the lack of understanding of the magnitude of the problem in Hawai‘i , the HDOH has made them reportable conditions. Pursuant to HAR 11-5, physicians and laboratory directors are required to report cases or suspected cases of pesticide or heavy metal poisoning. HDOH recognizes that successful control of environmentally related conditions depends on two factors: recognition and diagnosis of cases by health care workers, and the implementation of surveillance, prevention, and control programs.
In order to meet these needs, the surveillance project will be responsible for:
- Maintaining statewide surveillance data;
- Managing the reported cases, including followup studies, if necessary; and
- Developing and coordinating related surveillance activities including physician education seminars, information dissemination, and technical consultation.
It is expected that this will heighten physician awareness, increase present knowledge, and encourage the reporting of pesticide and heavy metal poisoning.
See Children Lead Poisoning Prevention for additional information.