Anglin-Brown, Blossom; Armour-Brown, A.; Lalor, Gerald C.; Preston, John; Vutchkov, Mitko K.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Lead in a residential environment in Jamaica
Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Date of Publication
The background levels of lead in Jamaica in soils and sediments, estimated at 37 mg kg-1, are relatively high compared with world averages. Several areas have values in excess of this due to mineralisation and pollution. One such is the residential Hope Flat/Kintyre area in which levels of lead up to 2.5% are found in the soils and up to 8 mg kg-1 in the water of the nearby Hope River. The blood lead levels of a sample of children were in the range 5.7- 57 mg dl-1. The high lead levels suggest a potential health risk, particularly for the children. This can be minimised by programmes which include community education, case management and abatement to reduce the lead exposure.....