Potential Health Consequences of Ground-Water Contamination by Nitrates in Nebraska

  • D. D. Weisenburger
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Abstract

Ground water serves as the primary source of drinking water for nearly all of rural Nebraska. However, ground-water contamination by nitrates, largely due to the use of fertilizers, is an increasing problem. In an ecologic study, the author found that counties characterized by high fertilizer usage and significant ground-water contamination by nitrates also had a high incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Other potential health effects of nitrates in drinking water are also discussed.

Keywords

Toxicity Lymphoma Leukemia Nitrite Sarcoma 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. D. Weisenburger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied DiseasesUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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