Assessment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls and Mercury Levels in Soil and Biological Samples from San Felipe, Nuevo Mercurio, Zacatecas, Mexico

  • Rogelio Costilla-Salazar
  • Antonio Trejo-Acevedo
  • Diana Rocha-Amador
  • Octavio Gaspar-Ramírez
  • Fernando Díaz-Barriga
  • Iván Nelinho Pérez-Maldonado
Article

Abstract

The aim of this work was to evaluate contamination by polychlorinated biphenyls and mercury in soil, and to assess exposure level to both contaminants in children living in San Felipe, Nuevo Mercurio, Zacatecas, Mexico. We found soil levels of total polychlorinated biphenyls ranging from non detectable (nd) to 190 μg/kg. Mercury soil levels ranged from 8.9 to 10215.0 mg/kg. Exposure levels of total polychlorinated biphenyls assessed in blood and urinary mercury in children living in the studied community were 1,600 ± 8,800 ng/g lipid and 4.2 ± 7.1 μg/g creatinine, respectively.

Keywords

Children COPs Mercury Mexico PCBs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rogelio Costilla-Salazar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Antonio Trejo-Acevedo
    • 3
  • Diana Rocha-Amador
    • 4
  • Octavio Gaspar-Ramírez
    • 1
  • Fernando Díaz-Barriga
    • 1
  • Iván Nelinho Pérez-Maldonado
    • 5
  1. 1.Departamento Toxicología Ambiental, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico
  2. 2.División Ciencias de la Vida Departamento de Ingeniería Ambiental Campus Irapuato-SalamancaUniversidad de GuanajuatoGuanajuatoMexico
  3. 3.Centro Regional de Investigación en Salud PublicaInstituto Nacional de Salud PublicaPuerto RicoMéxico
  4. 4.Departamento de Farmacia, División de Ciencias Naturales y ExactasUniversidad de GuanajuatoGuanajuatoMéxico
  5. 5.Departamento Toxicología Ambiental, Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico

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