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The environmental health tasks left by the informal recycling of e-waste in southern China: long-term health burden estimation and next-step intervention needs

Wu, Fan (2018) The environmental health tasks left by the informal recycling of e-waste in southern China: long-term health burden estimation and next-step intervention needs. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Informal e-waste recycling brought serious long-term influences on the environment and human health in southern China, leading to burdens in public health in present and in the future. A large population, including residents and migrant workers, had been exposed to multiple high-dose pollutants at the informal e-waste recycling sites over decades. Cd, Sb, and PBDEs are the toxic pollutants of the most concerns for adults, while Pb, Cr, and PBDEs are the most toxic pollutants with highest exposure levels for children. Adult victims are estimated to have evaluated health burdens in kidney, bone density, lung functions, thyroid, and neural systems in their elder ages, compared to their counterparts without the exposure. Children and neonate victims are facing evaluated risks in delayed development of physic, neural and mental function, IQ, respiratory functions, and immune.
Interventions to the environment are ongoing, but there has no intervention to people been reported yet. Human interventions are urgent needs to reduce the body load of the toxicants and to prevent severe adverse health outcomes. Generally, screening, toxicant reduction treatments, education programs, and follow-up are needed. To make the interventions effective, different plans should be specifically designed according to the different needs and characteristics of the four subpopulations: adult residents, resident children and neonates, adult migrant workers, and children and neonates with their migrant parents.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wu, Fanfaw19@pitt.edufaw190000-0002-8863-3026
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJames, Petersonjimmyp@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberJustin, Kitzesjustin.kitzes@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 26 April 2018
Date Type: Submission
Defense Date: 2018
Submission Date: 5 April 2018
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-waste, Health risk, Health burden, Intervention
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 20:06
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 21:23


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