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Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Medknow Publications
ISSN: 0973-2284
EISSN: 0973-2284
Vol. 14, No. 2, 2010, pp. 58-62
Bioline Code: oe10017
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2010, pp. 58-62

 en Study of lead exposure to children residing near a lead-zinc mine
Choudhari, Ranjana; Sathwara, N. G.; Shivgotra, V. K.; Patel, Shruti; Rathod, R. A.; Shaikh, Shagufta; Shaikh, M. Idrish; Dodia, Shaswat; Parikh, D. J. & Saiyed, H. N.


This lead exposure study was conducted in a total of 452 school children in the age group of 9-14 years. Two hundred and ninety-eight exposed children came from the villages situated within a 2.5 km radius of the lead-zinc mine whereas the comparative group children were selected from the villages at least 10 km away from mine. Environmental monitoring study suggested that lead levels in air and water samples near the mining areas were within the Central Pollution Control Board prescribed standards. Lead levels in about 80% of the children were less than 10 μg/dl. Medical examination of all children did not show any signs related to lead toxicity but central nervous system-related symptoms, as reported by the subjects during medical examination, were found to be higher in the exposed group when compared with the comparative group. The values of physical growth parameters of the exposed group were comparable with that of the comparative group for both girls and boys. Hence, the physical growth of children was found to be unaffected by the observed level of lead exposure. To safeguard the health of the children residing near the mining area, various preventive and control measures were suggested.

Blood lead level, lead exposure in children, lead-zinc mine, medical surveillance

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