Petrol Lead in a Small Island Environment
Published in the International Journal of Risk & Safety in Medicine 9 (1996), this paper by Michael Sammut and Charles Savona-Ventura investigates the connection between high blood lead levels in the Maltese population and the environment in which they live. The paper shows a statistical correlation between blood lead levels and traffic density. The full-text of the paper, which is written in English, is made available online as part of the University of Malta research paper series.
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ABSTRACT: The Maltese population has been repeatedly shown to have high mean blood lead levels irrespective of age. This study confirms that these higher levels also occur in Maltese children. A definite correlation is shown between high blood lead levels and the environment of the subjects studied, being statistically higher in individuals living on the urbanized larger island. A statistical correlation has been shown between hand-wipe specimens taken from children playing in a playground and the traffic density of the area. A similar statistical correlation between playground, street and household dust to traffic density has also been identified.
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