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|Title: ||Lead exposure among the general population of Duhok governorate, Kurdistan region, Iraq|
|Authors: ||Al Dosky, A.H.|
Al Timimi, D.J.
|Keywords: ||Environmental Exposure|
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Relation: ||EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 18 (9), 974 - 979, 2012|
|Abstract: ||This study was carried out to establish baseline data on lead exposure in a sample of the general population from Duhok governorate, Iraq in 2011. A cross-sectional study was made of blood lead levels of 820 individuals and of dust and of air lead levels in urban, suburban and rural residential areas. Mean blood lead [BPb] value in the overall sample was 7.3 [SD 2.8] microg/dL, range 1.6-17.0 microg/dL; significant differences were found with respect to age, area of residence, altitude and distance from a gasoline generator. The prevalence of toxic levels of lead [BPb > 10 microg/dL] was 22.8% overall and 2.4% in children. People living in suburban areas [39.7%] and < 50 m from a gasoline generator [93.1%] were exposed to high environmental lead levels. A linear relationship was found between BPb and air lead levels [r= 0.8]. While lead exposure does not constitute a great health problem for adults in our community, 2.4% of the children had toxic lead levels and measures to reduce exposure to environmental heavy metals should be considered|
|Description: ||974 - 979|
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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