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Title: Pathways of human exposure to cobalt in Katanga, a mining area of the DR Congo
Authors: Cheyns, Karlien
Nkulu, Celestin Banza Lubaba
Ngombe, Leon Kabamba
Asosa, Jimmy Ngoy
Haufroid, Vincent
De Putter, Thierry
NAWROT, Tim
Kimpanga, Celestin Muleka
Numbi, Oscar Luboya
Ilunga, Benjamin Kabyla
Nemery, Benoit
Smolders, Erik
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Citation: SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 490, p. 313-321
Abstract: Human exposure biomonitoring in the African Copperbelt (Katanga, southern D. R. Congo) revealed elevated cobalt (Co) exposure in the general population. This study was designed to identify the Co exposure routes for the non-occupationally exposed population in that area. The concentration of Co was measured in environmental and urine samples collected in urban and rural communities close to metal mining and/or refining plants, villages near a lake receiving effluents from metal refining plants, and control rural areas without industrial pollution. Drinking water, uncooked food items (maize flour, washed vegetables, fish and meat), indoor and outdoor dust samples were collected at each location. A food questionnaire was used to estimate dietary Co intake for adults and children. Geometric mean urine-Co (U-Co) concentrations were 4.5-fold (adults) and 6.6-fold (children) higher in the polluted than in the control area, with U-Co values being intermediate in the lakeside area. Average Co concentrations in environmental samples differed 6-40-fold between these areas. U-Co was positively correlated with most environmental Co concentrations, the highest correlations being found with Co in drinking water, vegetables and fruit. Estimated average total Co intake for adults was 63 (+/- 42) mu g/day in the control area, 94 (+/- 55) mu g/day in the lakeside villages and 570 (+/- 100) mu g Co/day in the polluted areas. U-Co was significantly related to modelled Co intake (R-2 = 0.48, adults and R-2 = 0.47, children; log-log relationship). Consumption of legumes, i.e. sweet potato leaves (polluted) and cereals + fish (lakeside) was the largest contributor to Co intake in adults, whereas dust ingestion appeared to contribute substantially in children in the polluted area. In conclusion, dietary Co is the main source of Co exposure in the polluted area and Co is efficiently transferred from soil and water in the human food chain. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Cheyns, Karlien] Vet & Agrochem Res Ctr VAR, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium. [Nkulu, Celestin Banza Lubaba; Ngombe, Leon Kabamba; Asosa, Jimmy Ngoy; Numbi, Oscar Luboya; Ilunga, Benjamin Kabyla] Univ Lubumbashi, Fac Med, Ecole Sante Publ, Unite Toxicol & Environm, Lubumbash, Rep Congo. [Ngombe, Leon Kabamba; Kimpanga, Celestin Muleka] Univ Kamina, Fac Med, Ecole Sante Publ, Unite Toxicol & Environm, Kamina, Rep Congo. [Haufroid, Vincent] Catholic Univ Louvain, Louvain Ctr Toxicol & Appl Pharmacol, Inst Rech Expt & Clin, Louvain, Belgium. [De Putter, Thierry] Royal Museum Cent Africa, Tervuren, Belgium. [Nawrot, Tim; Nemery, Benoit] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Dept Publ Hlth & Primary Care, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. [Nawrot, Tim] Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Cheyns, Karlien; Smolders, Erik] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Div Soil & Water Management, B-3001 Leuven, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/18702
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.014
ISI #: 000347293800034
ISSN: 0048-9697
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
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