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OHNACOccupational Health Nurses in Agricultural Communities project
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(*) OHNAC, a project supported by CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is based in 10 states and conducts community-based surveillance and intervention efforts to prevent serious farming-related illnesses and injuries.
Although cases reported to OHNAC and SENSOR were not duplicated, duplication of fatalities reported to the Extension Service and to FACE could not be excluded.
On investigation by OHNAC, with assistance from the Cooperative Extension Service, four other incidents were identified since 1991 involving forage wagons with unprotected drivelines.
In Minnesota, OHNAC is working with individual agricultural chemical dealers to promote the use of eye protection among their clients.
The four surviving persons were interviewed by OHNAC investigators and reported that sudden onset of dizziness, weakness, extreme difficulty walking, and difficulty thinking had inhibited their ability to recognize the hazard, exit the hazardous environment, and seek help.
On September 15, OHNAC staff initiated a review of inpatient and emergency department medical records from May 1 through October 2 at five hospitals in the Bowling Green and Elizabethtown areas.
(*1) OHNAC is a national surveillance program conducted by CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health that has placed public health nurses in rural communities and hospitals in 10 states (California, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Ohio) to conduct surveillance of agriculture-related illnesses and injuries that occur among farmers and farm workers and their family members.