Blood lead levels in a remote, unpolluted rural area in South Africa

Grobler S.R. ; Rossouw R.J. ; Maresky L.S. (1985)


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The whole-blood lead levels of 14-16-year-olds in a remote, unpolluted rural area (Wupperthal, north-western Cape Province) were determined. Graphite-furnace atomic absorption spectrometry was used to analyse lead levels. The mean whole-blood lead level was found to be 3.4 μg/dl. This value should also be considered to be representative of the natural 'background' whole-blood lead level of South Africans.

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