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Environmental Health

, 6:8

First Online: 22 February 2007Received: 11 May 2006Accepted: 22 February 2007DOI: 10.1186-1476-069X-6-8

Cite this article as: Dahlgren, J., Takhar, H., Anderson-Mahoney, P. et al. Environ Health 2007 6: 8. doi:10.1186-1476-069X-6-8

Abstract

BackgroundThis is a community comparison study that examines persons living in a subdivision exposed to petroleum products and mercury.

MethodsWe compared their health status and questionnaire responses to those living in another community with no known exposures of this type.

ResultsPristane house dust among the exposed homes was higher than in the comparison communities. The exposed subdivision has higher ambient air mercury levels compared to the control community. The prevalence of rheumatic diseases OR = 10.78; CI = 4.14, 28.12 and lupus OR = 19.33; CI = 1.96, 190.72 was greater in the exposed population compared to the unexposed. A higher prevalence of neurological symptoms, respiratory symptoms and several cardiovascular problems including stroke OR = 15.41; CI = 0.78, 304.68 and angina OR = 5.72; CI = 1.68, 19.43 was seen.

ConclusionThere were statistically significant differences in B cells, Natural Killer Cells, gamma glutamyl transferase, globulin and serum calcium levels between control and exposed subjects.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1476-069X-6-8 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

An erratum to this article is available at http:-dx.doi.org-10.1186-1476-069X-6-15.

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Author: James Dahlgren - Harpreet Takhar - Pamela Anderson-Mahoney - Jenny Kotlerman - Jim Tarr - Raphael Warshaw

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