publication . Article . 2000

Childhood environmental lead exposure in Antofagasta, Chile

Jeanette Vega M; Iris Delgado B; Verónica Sepúlveda A;
Open Access Spanish
  • Published: 01 Feb 2000
  • Publisher: Sociedad Médica de Santiago
Background: In Antofagasta, Chile, lead is gathered in bulk in urban zones, contaminating surrounding schools and houses. Aim: To verify if the environmental lead exposure results in high blood lead levels in children living near lead storage sites. Material and methods: Four hundred eighty six children under 7 years old, living near lead storage sites and 75 children living far away form these sites, were studied. An inquiry was applied and venous blood was drawn. Air, soil and water lead concentrations were also measured. Results: Lead geometric mean concentrations in exposed children were 8.7 µg/dL and 4.22 µg/dL in unexposed children. Forty seven percent of ...
free text keywords: Fresh water, Lead poisoning, Toxicology, Toxicity tests, General Medicine, Medicine, business.industry, business, Lead exposure, Odds ratio, Multivariate statistics, Environmental health, Environmental protection, Venous blood
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