Monday, June 13, 2011

More than 600 lead poisoning, including 103 children, in eastern China

More than 600 people working in a plant processing sheet metal, including 103 children of the workers suffering from lead poisoning in the blood, in east China's Zhejiang province, reported the official news agency Xinhua. Some 25 families of plant workers Yangxunqiao metals, including their children, the analysis showed dangerous levels of lead in their blood, according to local health authorities said.

Including 26 adults and 103 children suffer severe lead poisoning, with more than 600 micrograms per liter of blood, a spokesman for Health in the region of Yangxunqiao. This group of severe intoxication is being considered for the second time, and 12 of them are receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The other 494 patients present "moderate" levels of intoxication, with between 400 and 600 micrograms of lead per liter of blood, the spokesman added. In the last two years have been recorded in China tens of thousands of cases of lead poisoning, many in smaller, more sensitive to the effects of mercury intake which causes brain damage, liver, kidney, nervous and gastrointestinal and anemia, coma, convulsions and even death.

In the case of children, high levels of lead in blood can inflict permanent intellectual and developmental disabilities. Families working and residing in these foundries, including their children, suffer from constant exposure to lead, and specifically in Yangxunqiao, more than 2,500 employees work in about 200 plants processing of metals, of which 25 have been forced to suspend operations after the occurrence of this new poisoning.

Research conducted by health authorities in other affected provinces, including Yunnan (southwest China) revealed that one third of children under 14 years of age suffered excessive levels of lead. Henan, Hunan, Shaanxi and Yunnan provinces in China are the most affected, and according to independent research reported, the authorities are hiding the numbers of people affected, who in turn do not receive appropriate treatment to alleviate the long-term effects of excessive levels of blood lead.

China is one of the most polluted in the world due to a ferocious industrialization which has not been considered so far the impact on human health or the environment, so often the existence of so-called "people of cancer ", in which most residents have the disease because of environmental pollution.

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