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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 24, No. 3, 2006, pp. 273-276
Bioline Code: hn06035
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 24, No. 3, 2006, pp. 273-276

 en Current Status and Prevention Strategy for Coal-arsenic Poisoning in Guizhou, China
Li, Dasheng; An, Dong; Zhou, Yunsu; Liu, Jie & Waalkes, Michael P.


Arsenic exposure from burning coal with high arsenic contents occurs in southwest Guizhou, China. Coal in this region contains extremely high concentrations of inorganic arsenic. Arsenic exposure from coal-burning is much higher than exposure from arsenic-contaminated water in other areas of China. The current status and prevention strategies for arsenic poisoning from burning high-arsenic coal in southwest Guizhou, China, is reported here. Over 3,000 arsenic-intoxicated patients were diagnosed based on skin lesions and urinary arsenic excretion. Non-cancerous toxicities and malignancies were much more common and severe in these patients than in other arsenic-affected populations around the world. The high incidence of cancer and arsenic-related mortality in this cohort is alarming. Chelation therapy was performed but the long-term therapeutic effects are not satisfactory. The best prevention strategy is to eliminate arsenic exposure. Funds from the Chinese Government are currently available to solve this arsenic exposure problem. Strategies include the installation of vented stoves, the use of marsh gas to replace coal, health education, the improvement of nutritional status, and the use of vari-ous therapies to treat arsenic-induced skin and liver diseases.

Arsenic; Arsenicosis; Coal-arsenic exposure; Health effects; Neoplasms; Health education; Nutrition; Drug therapy; Review literature; China

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