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Title: Mercury exposure in a low-income community in South Africa
Authors: Oosthuizen, MA
John, J
Somerset, V
Keywords: Low-income communities
Gold mines
Mercury
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Health & Medical Publishing Group / Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)
Citation: Oosthuizen, MA, John, J and Somerset, V. 2010. Mercury exposure in a low-income community in South Africa. South African Medical Journal, Vol. 100(6), pp 366-371
Series/Report no.: Journal Article
Open Access
Abstract: The objective of this study is to establish whether a specific community in a gold mining area, with potentially associated small-scale gold mining activities, was exposed to mercury. The community was situated in Mpumalanga, where some potential sources of mercury emissions may have an impact. Adults =18 years were considered eligible. Biological monitoring, supported by questionnaires, was applied. Thirty respondents completed the questionnaire which covered demographics, energy use, food and water consumption, neurological symptoms, and confounders such as alcohol consumption and brain injuries. Mercury levels were determined in 28 urine and 20 blood samples of these respondents.
Description: Copyright: 2010 Health & Medical Publishing Group / Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG). This is an Open Access Journal.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/4490
ISSN: 0256-9574
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Human factors
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