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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 24, No. 2, 2006, pp. 176-181
Bioline Code: hn06022
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 24, No. 2, 2006, pp. 176-181

 en Current Research Problems of Chronic Arsenicosis in China
Sun, Guifan; Li, Xin; Pi, Jingbo; Sun, Yang; Li, Bing; Jin, Yaping & Xu, Yuanyuan


Chronic arsenicosis is a newly-emerged public-health issue in China and many other Asian countries. Over 200 million people are estimated to be at the risk of high arsenic exposure from drinking-water in the Asian region. To protect people from the hazards of chronic arsenic poisoning, the Chinese Government has been providing low-arsenic drinking-water to some seriously-affected rural areas, such as Inner Mongolia autonomous province. Results of follow-up studies showed that both the average values of arsenic, including inorganic arsenic (iAs), monomethylated arsenic, dimethylated arsenic and trimethylated arsenic, and 8-hydroxydeoxyguanine in urine, decreased significantly after drinking low-arsenic water for one year, and arsenic-specific skin lesions also improved to some extent. However, a five-year follow-up study showed no more significant improvement of skin lesions, while the potential risk of arsenic-induced cancers after cutting off high-arsenic exposure was still uncertain and indefinite. The susceptibility of children compared to adults to chronic arsenic exposure and the need to re-evaluate the appropriate standard of arsenic in drinking-water were also discussed in this paper.

Arsenicosis; Arsenic; Arsenic contamination; Arsenic poisoning; Water pollution; Water supply; Drinking-water; China

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