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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 1107-1123; doi:10.3390/ijerph6031107
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Increased Mortality Associated with Well-Water Arsenic Exposure in Inner Mongolia, China

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Received: 16 January 2009; Accepted: 24 February 2009 / Published: 16 March 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Public Health: Feature Papers)
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Abstract: We conducted a retrospective mortality study in an Inner Mongolian village exposed to well water contaminated by arsenic since the 1980s. Deaths occurring between January 1, 1997 and December 1, 2004 were classified according to underlying cause and water samples from household wells were tested for total arsenic. Heart disease mortality was associated with arsenic exposure, and the association strengthened with time exposed to the water source. Cancer mortality and all-cause mortality were associated with well-water arsenic exposure among those exposed 10-20 years. This is the first study to document increased arsenic-associated mortality in the Bayingnormen region of Inner Mongolia.
Keywords: Arsenic; drinking water; China; Inner Mongolia; mortality; heart disease; cancer Arsenic; drinking water; China; Inner Mongolia; mortality; heart disease; cancer
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Wade, T.J.; Xia, Y.; Wu, K.; Li, Y.; Ning, Z.; Le, X.C.; Lu, X.; Feng, Y.; He, X.; Mumford, J.L. Increased Mortality Associated with Well-Water Arsenic Exposure in Inner Mongolia, China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1107-1123.

AMA Style

Wade TJ, Xia Y, Wu K, Li Y, Ning Z, Le XC, Lu X, Feng Y, He X, Mumford JL. Increased Mortality Associated with Well-Water Arsenic Exposure in Inner Mongolia, China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(3):1107-1123.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Wade, Timothy J.; Xia, Yajuan; Wu, Kegong; Li, Yanhong; Ning, Zhixiong; Le, X Chris; Lu, Xiufen; Feng, Yong; He, Xingzhou; Mumford, Judy L. 2009. "Increased Mortality Associated with Well-Water Arsenic Exposure in Inner Mongolia, China." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 3: 1107-1123.


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