• deplazio
    The Department of Epidemiology of the Lazio Regional Health Service (DEP)
    is based in Rome and has over 30 years of experience
  • ambientale-valutativo

    The staff of the DEP has specific expertise in epidemiological methods
  • rischi ambientali
    Provide decision makers with the best epidemiological evidence
    to plan interventions to reduce health risks
  • esiti
    Outcome evaluation of health care
  • cure sanitarie
    Provide evidence to improve the quality
    and effectiveness of health care
  • inquinamento
    Assess the risks associated with
    short and long term exposure to air pollutants
  • cambiamenti climatici
    Assessing the health impact of climate change and extreme events

Registro Regionale Dialisi e Trapianti Lazio (RRDTL)

Study on the health effects of exposure to arsenic in drinking water in the Lazio region PDF Print E-mail

Chronic exposure to arsenic (As) via drinking water is related to several health effects, i.e. cancers, diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Health effects are well documented for population exposed to high levels and some studies also report evidence for low-medium levels (50-100 µg/L). In response, an EC Directive set a limit of As<10 µg/L in drinking water in 2010. In Italy several areas exceed this limit, including 91 municipalities in the Lazio region (provinces of Viterbo, Latina and Rome), due to the volcanic origin of the territory. This represents is a major public health concern to deal with.

The DEP coordinates a Regional study that investigates the association between As exposure via drinking water and health effects (mortality, disease incidence) in the 91 municipalities of the Lazio Region during  the period 1990-2009. Furthermore, a pilot study which includes bio-monitoring measures among residents of the Viterbo province is ongoing.

 

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