Elevated Blood Lead Levels among Children Living in a Fishing Community, Karachi, Pakistan.

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      The article cites a study on the elevated blood lead levels among children living in a fishing community in the vicinity of Karachi, Pakistan. About 80% of the total human lead burden is attributed to diet. Human consumption of contaminated fish with the potential for adverse health effects has been identified in the Great Lakes region. Blood lead levels above internationally accepted limits in almost all the cooked food and house dust samples in the study imply contamination of this island's environment. The results of this study highlight the need to more fully investigate and control the environment of this fishing community, which has clear evidence of exposure to lead. Further research is necessary to consider the possibility of other toxic substances and potential environmental hazards detrimental to the health of children who live in this area. These findings indicate possible major health concerns and suggest significant environmental contamination in this community as well as the need to identify locally relevant early childhood exposures.