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Higher blood lead levels in rural than urban pregnant women in Eastern Nigeria
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    Blood lead levels in pregnant women in Nigeria: a cause for great concern
    • Caroline M. Taylor, Research Associate (Daphne Jackson Fellow)
    • Other Contributors:
      • Jean Golding, Alan M Emond

    We read the article by Njoku and Orisakwe comparing blood lead levels (BLL) in rural and urban pregnant women in Eastern Nigeria with great interest [1]. The authors found that BLL were substantially higher in rural areas than urban areas (135+/-160 vs 77+/-100 ug/dl). This in itself is an important finding: it may reflect a stronger reliance on locally grown foodstuffs in rural areas, combined with the effect of lead expo...

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