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In Situ Evaluation of Biological Hazards of Environmental Pollutants

Volume 38 of the series Environmental Science Research pp 145-150

Sentinel Animals (Dogs) as Predictors of Childhood Exposure to Environmental Lead Contamination: Observations on Preliminary Results

  • Stephanie R. OstrowskiAffiliated withSurveillance and Programs Branch Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects Center for Environmental Health and Injury Control, Centers for Disease Control

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Abstract

Childhood lead poisoning is perhaps the most common environmentally caused disease of children in the United States and in the developing world. In concept, it is a preventable disease-remove the lead from the child’s environment and the disease will disappear. In practice, however, eliminating childhood lead poisoning is a complex public health problem (ATSDR, 1988; Lin-Fu, 1980).