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Endemic arsenosis caused by indoor combustion of high-as coal in Guizhou Province, P.R. China.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16237608     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The arsenic (As) content of coal relating with mineralization of gold in Southwest Guizhou Province, China is up to 35,000 ppm. The coal is burned indoors in open pits for daily cooking and crop drying. As a result, arsenic is precipitated and concentrated in corn (5-20 ppm), chili (100-800 ppm) and other foods. Arsenic concentrations in the drinking water of high-As coal areas are lower than 50 ppb. The estimated main sources of As exposure in this area are from polluted food. Approximately, 3000 arsenosis patients were found by 1998, and more than 100,000 people from six counties were under the threat in China. This paper presents the major ingestion pathway of this type arsenosis and relative geochemistry of high-As coal.
Zheng Baoshan; Wang Binbin; Ding Zhenhua; Zhou Daixing; Zhou Yunshu; Zhou Chen; Chen Chaochang; Robert B Finkelman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental geochemistry and health     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0269-4042     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Geochem Health     Publication Date:  2005 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-20     Completed Date:  2006-07-21     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8903118     Medline TA:  Environ Geochem Health     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  521-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, 55000 Guiyang, Guizhou, P.R.China.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollution, Indoor / analysis*
Arsenic / analysis*,  urine
Arsenic Poisoning / epidemiology*,  etiology
Capsicum / chemistry
China / epidemiology
Coal / analysis*
Environmental Monitoring / statistics & numerical data*
Food Analysis / statistics & numerical data*
Fresh Water / analysis
Hair / chemistry
Inhalation Exposure / analysis*
Neutron Activation Analysis
Soil / analysis
Zea mays / chemistry
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Coal; 0/Soil; 7440-38-2/Arsenic

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