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Pesticides sicken school kids.

Using pesticides in or near schools sickened more than 2,500 children and school employees over five years, a national report found. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that sources include chemicals to kill insects and weeds, disinfectants and farming pesticides. CropLife America says the report is alarmist and pesticide use can be managed so it's not an unreasonable health risk

To combat such illness experts suggest:

* Adopting pesticide spray buffer zones around schools

* Implementing integrated pest management program

* Practicing reduction in pesticide drift from nearby farms
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Title Annotation:Update: NEWS, STATS AND FAST FACTS
Author:Pascopella, Angela
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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