The authors studied blood lead levels of 226 randomly selected children, aged 6-92 mo, who lived in either a lead-mining area or a nonmining area, and 69 controls.
The authors sought to determine to what extent mining activities contributed to blood lead levels in the children.
The mean blood lead levels in the study and control groups were 6.52 mug/dl and 3.43 mug/dl, respectively.
The corresponding proportions of children with elevated blood lead levels were 17% and 3%. Soil and dust lead levels were up to 10 times higher in the study than the control group.
Elevated blood lead levels appeared to result from exposure to both lead-mining waste and lead-based paint.
Mining waste was the cause of the higher prevalence of elevated blood lead levels in these children.
Mots-clés Pascal : Plomb, Métal lourd, Industrie extractive, Mine, Pollution, Environnement, Proximité, Enfant, Homme, Taux, Epidémiologie, Missouri, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Zone résidentielle, Zone industrielle
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Lead, Heavy metal, Mining industry, Mine, Pollution, Environment, Proximity, Child, Human, Rate, Epidemiology, Missouri, United States, North America, America, Residential zone, Industrial area
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Cote : 99-0117782
Code Inist : 002B03L05. Création : 16/11/1999.