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Title: Health impact of living near an abondoned mine - Case study: Jales Mines
Authors: Gomes, Maria José
Coelho, P.
Mayan, Olga N.
Roma-Torres, J.
Henriques, Amélia
Silva, S.
Costa, C.
Silva, S.
Keywords: Health impact
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Gomes, Maria José; Coelho, P.; Mayan, O.; Roma-Torres, J.; Henriques, A.; Silva, S.; Costa, C.; Silva, S. (2007) Health impact of living near an abondoned mine - Case study: Jales Mines. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health. ISSN 1438-4639. 210:3-4, p. 399-402
Abstract: The activities of mining exploitation in Campo de Jales were performed in an uncontrolled way and gave rise to serious environmental contamination: rubbish depositories have been accumulated with no treatment or maintenance. An investigation developed around Jales Mine showed the existence of some chemical impact originated from the waste produced during mining activities. Some "black spots" for a wide suite of heavy metals were determined in stream sediments and alluvium drained from Jales tailings, which could constitute hazard factors for the area and potential danger for public health. The main objective of this study is to know the effects on health caused by this environmental contamination. It is a case-control study, where two populations--from Campo de Jales and Vilar de Maçada--were compared. They both have very similar living conditions, and were inquired about health issues and screening for lead and cadmium exposure. The results point out to higher prevalence of irritating symptomatology in the mucous of the eyes and respiratory system
Peer review: yes
ISSN: 1438-4639
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