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DDT and Its Metabolites in Human Milk Collected in Veracruz City and Suburban Areas (Mexico)



Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. (1998) 60:852-857 © 1998 Springer-Verlag New York Inc. V. T. Pardío,1 S. M. Waliszewski,1 A. A. Aguirre,1 H. Coronel,2 G. V. Burelo,3 R. M. lnfanzon R.,1 J. Rivera1 Institute of Forensic Medicine, Veracruz University, Avenida SS Juan Pablo II esq. Reyes Heroles s/n, Post Office Box 1380, 91700 Veracruz, Ver., Mexico Faculty of Physics and Artificial Intelligence, Veracruz University, Sebastián Camacho #5, Col. Centro 91000, Jalapa, Ver., México 3 General Hospital of Veracruz, Avenida 20 de Noviembre, 91700 Veracruz, Ver., México Received: 19 November 1997/Accepted: 31 March 1998 Since 1990, Mexico has used approximately 3000 tons of DDT per year in anti-malaria control programs, mainly in tropic areas (PAHO 1995). This organochlorine pesticide has been used in the malaria-endemic areas of Veracruz, Mexico, thus, for this purpose a spraying regime has been followed in urban and suburban areas of Veracruz City by applying DDT every six months on indoor surfaces and dwellings at a coverage of 2g/m2 (DGE SSA 1996). Due to their lipophilic properties, DDT and its metabolites are primarily stored in fat-rich tissues and subsequently translocated and excreted through milk fat. Nursed babies are exposed to DDT through the fat in human



Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and ToxicologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 1, 1998

DOI: 10.1007/s001289900705

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