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Title: Lead poisoning: the forgotten epidemic preliminary study in Qatar
Authors: World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean
Issue Date: 1999
Language: English
Abstract: This study was carried out during the period September 1995 to September 1996 as part of series of studies aiming at identifying lead pollution in the Qatari environment. A total of 865 samples of drinking water and food were analyzed for measurement of lead levels. The results collected in this survey show an impressive decline in levels of lead in some of the major food commodities (especially infant and children's foods) available to consumers in Qatar in comparison with levels detected in the late 1970's and the 1980's. A decline has also been noted in lead levels in drinking water but some violations were recorded from sites along the main municipal supply network where lead levels exceeded the WHO guideline value of 0.01 mg/l. The results on blood lead levels showed similar trends in comparison with previous analysis but the survey revealed en appreciable portion (19%) of the investigated 200 cases with blood lead levels exceeding 0.01 mg/dl
Description: 26 p. ; 30 cm.
Keywords: Lead Poisoning
Lead Poisoning, Nervous System, Childhood
Food Safety
Subject: Toxicology
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