What is it about?

In the Caribbean region, prenatal exposure to multiple chemical toxicants were measured and documented.

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Why is it important?

The results of this study indicate that in the Caribbean region, mothers are exposed to generally low levels of POPs.


This initial exploratory biomonitoring study on the concentrations of environmental chemicals in maternal blood samples taken from 10 Caribbean countries clearly reveals that prenatal exposures to many highly neurotoxic and developmental toxicants is taking place throughout the Caribbean region. These results therefore reinforce the need for Caribbean governments and public health officials to have programs in place that continuously monitor, intervene, and evaluate the levels of environmental toxicants found in persons who live in this region of the world to ensure that they are reduced as far as possible.

Dr. Martin S Forde
St. George's University, Grenada

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This page is a summary of: Prenatal exposure to persistent organic pollutants and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in 10 Caribbean countries, Environmental Research, August 2014, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.05.021.
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