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Level of Certain Micro and Macro Minerals in Blood of Cattle from Fluoride Polluted Localities of Udaipur, India

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Analysis of soil, fodder and water samples collected from some localities of Udaipur district, Rajasthan, India revealed high fluoride concentrations indicating the areas endemic for fluoride pollution. Concentration of micro and macro minerals was estimated in blood samples collected from cattle reared in these localities, and with clinical lesions suggestive of chronic fluoride toxicity. In comparison to healthy controls, zinc, copper and manganese levels were significantly (p < 0.05) lower, while cobalt and magnesium concentrations were significantly (p < 0.05) higher in fluoride-intoxicated cattle. Results of the present study suggested that interaction of fluoride with other minerals possibly played a role in pathogenesis of chronic fluoride intoxication.

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Authors are thankful to Mr. Brijesh Tyagi (Technical Officer) Division of Medicine, IVRI, Izatnagar for technical support in laboratory analysis.

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Ranjan, R., Swarup, D., Bhardwaj, B. et al. Level of Certain Micro and Macro Minerals in Blood of Cattle from Fluoride Polluted Localities of Udaipur, India. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 81, 503–507 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-008-9492-8

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Keywords

  • Cattle
  • Fluoride
  • Minerals
  • Toxicity