A global health problem caused by arsenic from natural sources

Ng, Jack C., Wang, Jianping and Shraim, Amjad (2003) A global health problem caused by arsenic from natural sources. Chemosphere, 52 9: 1353-1359. doi:10.1016/S0045-6535(03)00470-3

Author Ng, Jack C.
Wang, Jianping
Shraim, Amjad
Title A global health problem caused by arsenic from natural sources
Journal name Chemosphere   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-6535
Publication date 2003-09-01
Year available 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0045-6535(03)00470-3
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 52
Issue 9
Start page 1353
End page 1359
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Pergamon-Elesvier Science Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730299 Public health not elsewhere classified
050206 Environmental Monitoring
Abstract Arsenic is a carcinogen to both humans and animals. Arsenicals have been associated with cancers of the skin, lung, and bladder. Clinical manifestations of chronic arsenic poisoning include non-cancer end point of hyper- and hypo-pigmentation, keratosis, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Epidemiological evidence indicates that arsenic concentration exceeding 50 mug l(-1) in the drinking water is not public health protective. The current WHO recommended guideline value for arsenic in drinking water is 10 mug l(-1), whereas many developing countries are still having a value of 50 mug 1(-1). It has been estimated that tens of millions of people are. at risk exposing to excessive levels of arsenic from both contaminated water and arsenic-bearing coal from natural sources. The global health implication and possible intervention strategies were also discussed in this review article. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Environmental Sciences
Environmental Health
Well Water
Blackfoot Disease
Cancer Mortality
Endemic Area
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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