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Lead paint causes 600,000 cases of disabilities in children

The alert happens during the International Week of Lead Poisoning. Only 30 countries have banned the use of metal

 
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The presence of lead in paint cause serious damage to the health of children, with 600 000 cases per year lower than suffer intellectual impairment after exposure to the product.

According to the World Health Organization, 99% of affected children live in countries with low and middle incomes. The Director of Public Health, WHO, Maria Neira said that several actions are needed globally to minimize the problem.

"It is a serious problem for many body systems. The positive part is that we can we take steps to minimize this problem by eliminating lead the composition of the inks.

Every year, more than 143 000 people die by contamination with lead. Metal is one of the 10 chemicals of great concern to public health, according to WHO.

In addition to the deaths, the contact with lead can cause convulsions, coma, dwarfism and abortions.

The warning was issued during the International Week of the Prevention of Lead Poisoning.

The element can be found in homes, toys and furniture. As for painting a wall shells, for example, dust caused by lead paint can be easily absorbed by young children.

The WHO notes that many children also put in mouth toys painted with lead paint or swallow small paint chips, since the metal has a sweet taste.

To date, 30 countries have already eliminated the metal, but the goal is to check that the number 70 nations by 2015.

Source: Isaude.net
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