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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, Volume 15, Issue 9 (September 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Lead has a long history in public health research, leading to many advances toward eliminating [...] Read more. Lead has a long history in public health research, leading to many advances toward eliminating exposures. However, it remains an issue in developing countries, where exposure sources vary considerably and prove exposure mitigation challenging. In our study, we sought to determine the source of lead poisoning observed in young children in rural Bangladesh. Despite its agrarian setting, elevated lead was detected in residential air, with particularly high levels near cottage industries. Clustering of children with elevated blood lead may indicate localized exposure sources, for which data are largely unavailable. Our study highlights the need for further air lead monitoring and the documentation of informal sector industries to better explain exposure in these regions. Continued efforts in the field are essential to protect the most vulnerable populations and achieve global health equity. View this paper