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Anglin-Brown, Blossom; Armour-Brown, A.; Lalor, Gerald C.; Preston, John; Vutchkov, Mitko K.
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Health Centre
Article Title
Lead in a residential environment in Jamaica
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Environmental Geochemistry and Health
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Date of Publication
1996
Volume ID
18
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129-133
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Abstract
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.....
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