Year: 1989 Source: Tropical and Geographical Medicine, v.41, (1989), p.266-269 SIEC No: 20021007

The epidemiology of paraquat intoxications in Suriname was studied. For 1985 & 1986, the incidence rates were 211 & 68 cases/million population/year. The former is the highest figure reported worldwide. Incidence was more pronounced in males than in females. Suicide attempts accounted for 76% of cases. The overall case fatality rate was 71%. The monthly incidence of paraquat poisoning depended on the volume of monthly paraquat imports & the year under study. (9 refs)