Venezuela: Consuming water after contamination hydrocarbon spill, high risk health

Posted on February 28, 2012 • Filed under: Enviromental Issues, Latin America Health, Oil, Venezuela

Consumption of food contaminated with water and oil has a high risk to health. If now restored assortment Guarapiche after oil spill in Jusepín February 4, residents of the eastern state could face the consequences of gastrointestinal exposure to the chemical, reports The National .

Antonio Machado, of the National Academy of Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, identifies three groups of elements that would be in the water of that river: oils, heavy metals lead, mercury and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. “Prolonged contact with toxic heavy metals, attacks the breathing and can cause poisoning,” he warns. Read Article

The aromatic benzene, xylene and toluene, among others are classified Class 1 carcinogen by the World Health Organization, as there is evidence that cause the disease.

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