Association of Blood Lead Level with Neurological Features in 972 Children Affected by an Acute Severe Lead Poisoning Outbreak in Zamfara State, Northern Nigeria

ALT Olga Overbeek/MSF

In 2010, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) investigated reports of high mortality in young children in Zamfara State, Nigeria, leading to confirmation of villages with widespread acute severe lead poisoning. In a retrospective analysis, we aimed to determine venous blood lead level (VBLL) thresholds and risk factors for encephalopathy using MSF programmatic data from the first year of the outbreak response.

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Authors: Jane Greig mail, Natalie Thurtle, Lauren Cooney, Cono Ariti, Abdulkadir Ola Ahmed, Teshome Ashagre, Anthony Ayela, Kingsley Chukwumalu, Alison Criado-Perez, Camilo Gómez-Restrepo, Caitlin Meredith, Antonio Neri, Darryl Stellmach, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, Abdulsalami Nasidi, Leslie Shanks, Paul I. Dargan

Journal: Public Library of Science (PLoS) One

Keyword(s): Lead poisoning