Investigation of Health Effects According to the Exposure of Low Concentration Arsenic Contaminated Ground Water
AbstractRecent epidemiological studies have reported adverse health effects, including skin cancer, due to low concentrations of arsenic via drinking water. We conducted a study to assess whether low arsenic contaminated ground water affected health of the residents who consumed it. For precise biomonitoring results, the inorganic (trivalent arsenite (As III) and pentavalent arsenate (As V)) and organic forms (monomethylarsonate (MMA) and dimethylarsinate (DMA)) of arsenic were separately quantified by combining high-performance liquid chromatography and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy from urine samples. In conclusion, urinary As III, As V, MMA, and hair arsenic concentrations were significantly higher in residents who consumed arsenic contaminated ground water than control participants who consumed tap water. But, most health screening results did not show a statistically significant difference between exposed and control subjects. We presume that the elevated arsenic concentrations may not be sufficient to cause detectable health effects. Consumption of arsenic contaminated ground water could result in elevated urinary organic and inorganic arsenic concentrations. We recommend immediate discontinuation of ground water supply in this area for the safety of the residents. View Full-Text
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Hong, Y.-S.; Ye, B.-J.; Kim, Y.-M.; Kim, B.-G.; Kang, G.-H.; Kim, J.-J.; Song, K.-H.; Kim, Y.-H.; Seo, J.-W. Investigation of Health Effects According to the Exposure of Low Concentration Arsenic Contaminated Ground Water. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1461.
Hong Y-S, Ye B-J, Kim Y-M, Kim B-G, Kang G-H, Kim J-J, Song K-H, Kim Y-H, Seo J-W. Investigation of Health Effects According to the Exposure of Low Concentration Arsenic Contaminated Ground Water. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(12):1461.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hong, Young-seoub; Ye, Byeong-jin; Kim, Yu-mi; Kim, Byoung-gwon; Kang, Gyeong-hui; Kim, Jeong-jin; Song, Ki-hoon; Kim, Young-hun; Seo, Jeong-wook. 2017. "Investigation of Health Effects According to the Exposure of Low Concentration Arsenic Contaminated Ground Water." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 12: 1461.
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