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Document ID (ISN)77009
CIS number 01-1123
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Skerfving S., Bencko V., Vahter M., SchŘtz A., Gerhardsson L.
Title Environmental health in the Baltic region - Toxic metals
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.25, Suppl.3, p.40-64. Illus. 199 ref.
Abstract Recent reports on concentrations of lead, cadmium, methylmercury, arsenic and nickel in some biological media in populations of the Baltic region are reviewed. In particular, children in parts of Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany have uptakes of lead sufficient to cause adverse effects on the central nervous system and kidneys. Cadmium exposure is also high in Poland. Methylmercury uptake is dependent upon the intake of fish in Sweden and Finland, as well as along the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea. There are some indications of immunotoxic effects. However, fish also contain other immunomodulating agents. Exposure to arsenic seems to be low everywhere in the Baltic region. There is high nickel exposure in northern Russia.
Descriptors (primary) nickel; arsenic; lead; cadmium; toxic substances; environmental pollution; methylmercury
Descriptors (secondary) neurotoxic effects; Russian Federation; Czech Republic; determination in biological matter; ingestion; nephrotoxic effects; immunotoxic effects; Germany
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCzech Republic; Sweden
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Environmental pollution
Inorganic substances
Nickel and compounds
Cadmium and compounds
Lead and compounds
Arsenic and compounds