increaseWith one of the highest pesticide poisoning rates in the country, Nebraska is taking steps to develop a pesticide exposure surveillance system.

Under the system, the Nebraska Regional Poison Center provides the Nebraska Occupational Health Surveillance Program with information on all pesticide exposures. Local health departments then follow up with the exposed person to get more information on the nature of the exposure, personal protective equipment that was being used, and whether the person has had applicator training.

Nebraska's pesticide poisoning rate continues to be high, despite the fact that the nationwide pesticide poisoning rate has decreased from 9.0 to 3.8 from 2000 to 2008.