Relationship between Lead Mining and Blood Lead Levels in Children

Ana Maria Murgueytio, R. Gregory Evans, David Sterling, Scott A. Clardy, Brooke N. Shadel, Bruce W. Clements

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The authors studied blood lead levels of 226 randomly selected children, aged 6–92 mo, who lived in either a lead-mining area or a nonmining area, and 69 controls. The authors sought to determine to what extent mining activities contributed to blood lead levels in the children. The mean blood lead levels in the study and control groups were 6.52 μg/dl and 3.43 μg/dl, respectively. The corresponding proportions of children with elevated blood lead levels were 17% and 3%. Soil and dust lead levels were up to 10 times higher in the study than the control group. Elevated blood lead levels appeared to result from exposure to both lead-mining waste and lead-based paint. Mining waste was the cause of the higher prevalence of elevated blood lead levels in these children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-423
Number of pages10
JournalArchives of Environmental Health
Volume53
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998

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Murgueytio, A. M., Evans, R. G., Sterling, D., Clardy, S. A., Shadel, B. N., & Clements, B. W. (1998). Relationship between Lead Mining and Blood Lead Levels in Children. Archives of Environmental Health, 53(6), 414-423. https://doi.org/10.1080/00039899809605730
Murgueytio, Ana Maria ; Evans, R. Gregory ; Sterling, David ; Clardy, Scott A. ; Shadel, Brooke N. ; Clements, Bruce W. / Relationship between Lead Mining and Blood Lead Levels in Children. In: Archives of Environmental Health. 1998 ; Vol. 53, No. 6. pp. 414-423.
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Relationship between Lead Mining and Blood Lead Levels in Children. / Murgueytio, Ana Maria; Evans, R. Gregory; Sterling, David; Clardy, Scott A.; Shadel, Brooke N.; Clements, Bruce W.

In: Archives of Environmental Health, Vol. 53, No. 6, 01.01.1998, p. 414-423.

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