37 People Suffer from Lead Poisoning in S China
   2012-02-23 11:08:48    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liuyuanhui
Thirty-seven people were found to be suffering from lead poisoning in Shaoguan, south China's Guangdong province, and the relevant departments have yet to find the cause of the contamination, according to local health authorities.

Chinanews.com reports that local villager Zhou Ximing's grandson was the first found to have elevated lead levels in his blood in the township of Dongtang, located in the province's Renhua County.

Zhou began to notice that the 7-year-old boy was beginning to lose his hair last May. But a lcoal doctor insisted it was caused by vitamin deficiency. Six months later, his grandson's illness became worse.

During the spring festival this year, Zhou took his grandson and his neighbor, an 8-year-old girl who had the same symptoms, to Shaoguan Health Center for Women and Children. Both of them were diagnosed with lead poisoning.

The incident and several like it caused local authorities to take notice and conduct an investigation which found 37 sufferers.

The county's environmental bureau has sampled water, air and soil in the region but has found no contamination thus far.

Excessive amounts of lead in the blood can cause damage to the digestive, nervous and reproductive systems, and can also cause anemia.
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