Exposure of school children to Pb and Zn in an industrialized city of Turkey

Gaga E., Tuncel P., Tuncel S.

FRESENIUS ENVIRONMENTAL BULLETIN, vol.11, no.5, pp.249-253, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-253
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Blood lead and serum zinc concentrations of school children were determined in Bursa and in a small village nearby. The geometric means of Pb were 4.78 mug/dL, both for the village and city center. Geometric means of zinc were 78.8 mug/dL, and 71.6 mug/dL for the village and city center, respectively. About 8% of the total population had blood lead levels higher than 10 mug/dL, and 28% a serum zinc concentration less than 70 mug/dL, which is below reference concentration. Bivariate analysis indicated a relation between blood Pb, sex of the children and time spent outdoors.