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Enviroimental Disruption And Human Health: Reduction Of The Aral Sea And The Residents' Health Problems

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EHR030171

Volume

7

Pages

7

Published

2003

Size

1426.61 kb

Author(s)

M. Chiba, W. Caypil & Y. Inaba

Abstract

Abstract The A d Sea has been getting sn~allcr since late 1960s. Residents living nearby complain of health problems. We iwestigated the health status of school children living in two districts, clcxe to the Sea; K-district and abut 500 Ian east; 2-district in Kazald~stc?~~ in the summer of 2000. Total subjects were 383 in I<-district and 432 in Z-districts. Socioeconomic conditions were better in 2-district. Body mass index (BMI) was not sigiificalltly diferent between the two diskicts. Prevalence of anemia was higher in K (62.0%) thai in % (38.6%) (p.:O.001). As to the general health status: the most prevalent recent symptom was headache (I 3.9% in K and 9.0% in Z) followed by diarrhea (1 1.3% in K and 5.6% in Z), cough (8.1 % in K and 4.6% in Z) and abdominal pain (8.1% in K and 3.9% in Z). in renal hnction tests, prevalence of abnormd beta-2- microglobulin excretion (>660~1g/g creatinine) \VZE 16% in K and 9% in Z: and that of NAG (>13uni'dg creatinjne) was 4% in I< and 3% in Z. Various kinds

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