Endemic selenium intoxication of humans in China.

  title={Endemic selenium intoxication of humans in China.},
  author={G Q Yang and Shi Zhen Wang and Ruyung Zhou and Sam Z. Sun},
  journal={The American journal of clinical nutrition},
  volume={37 5},
An endemic disease was discovered in 1961 in parts of the population of Enshi County, Hubei Province of the People's Republic of China. During the years of the highest prevalence, from 1961 to 1964, the morbidity was almost 50% in the 248 inhabitants of the five most heavily affected villages; its cause was determined to be selenium intoxication. The most common sign of the poisoning was loss of hair and nails. In areas of high incidence, lesions of the skin, nervous system, and possibly teeth… CONTINUE READING
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