High human exposure to cobalt and other metals in Katanga, a mining area of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

@article{Banza2009HighHE,
  title={High human exposure to cobalt and other metals in Katanga, a mining area of the Democratic Republic of Congo.},
  author={C{\'e}lestin Lubaba Nkulu Banza and Tim Steve Nawrot and Vincent Haufroid and Sophie Decr{\'e}e and Thierry De Putter and Erik Smolders and Benjamin Ilunga Kabyla and Oscar Numbi Luboya and Augustin Ndala Ilunga and Alain Mwanza Mutombo and Benoit Nemery},
  journal={Environmental research},
  year={2009},
  volume={109 6},
  pages={
          745-52
        }
}
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The human health impact of the historic and current mining and processing of non-ferrous metals in the African Copperbelt is not known. This study assessed the exposure to metals in the population of Katanga, in the south east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, using biomonitoring. METHODS Seventeen metals (including Cd, Co, Cu, Pb, U) and non-metals (including As) were measured by ICP-MS in urine spot samples from 351 subjects (32% women), aged 2-74 yr (mean 33 yr… CONTINUE READING
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