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Study shows lead-based paint problem isn't isolated to China
Date:9/27/2007

oden toys and trinkets. Researchers say exposure to environmental health hazards is a continuing concern in developing countries, where the United Nations has identified lead as a primary problem.

When it comes to public awareness of lead and its detrimental health effects, Nigeria and many other large, developing countries are 25 years behind, says Clement Adebamowo, corresponding author of the study. Intervention programs could eliminate the risk for exposure and improve the overall health of the Nigerian people.

Training and research programs to increase public and professional awareness of lead exposure are being developed at the University of Ibadan in collaboration with other centers in Nigeria.

Previous studies conducted by Jos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria and several international collaborators have shown that 70 percent of children, aged 6 to 35 months, had elevated blood-lead levels and that flaking house paint was a primary determinant of this exposure.

Recent massive recalls of toys from China for lead-based paint content offer further evidence of the public health threat lead-based paint marketing in foreign countries can pose in the United States, adds Clark. A consistent, global ban against lead-based paint is urgently needed to protect people not just in the United Statesbut across the world.


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Contact: Amanda Harper
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University of Cincinnati
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