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Biomonitoring of arsenic, cadmium and lead in two artisanal and small-scale gold mining areas in Zimbabwe

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Rakete, Stefan ; Moonga, Given ; Wahl, Anna-Maria ; Mambrey, Viola ; Shoko, Dennis ; Moyo, Dingani ; Muteti-Fana, Shamiso ; Tobollik, Myriam ; Steckling-Muschack, Nadine ; Bose-O’Reilly, Stephan
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People living and working in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) areas are frequently exposed to elemental mercury (Hg), which is used for gold extraction. However, additional exposure to other toxic metals such as arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) may result from mining-related activities and could be ingested via dust, water or food. In these areas, only limited biomonitoring ...


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