Organochlorine contaminants in hair of adolescents from Iassy, RomaniaOrganochlorine contaminants in hair of adolescents from Iassy, Romania
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
69(2007), p. 1961-1964
University of Antwerp
Hair samples of adolescents (n=42) from Iassy, Romania collected in 2002-2003 were analyzed for five PCB congeners and selected organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), such as hexachlorocyclohexane isomers (HCHs), p,p-DDT and its metabolites, hexachlorobenzene, oxychlordane and trans-nonachlor. A high detection frequency was observed for all contaminants. Furthermore, the high levels of α- and γ-HCH and also of p,p-DDT suggest an ongoing exposure to technical HCH and lindane formulations, but also to fresh DDT. With few exceptions, the concentrations of contaminants were higher levels in girl adolescents than in boys. Compared to other studies, the results of the present study were significantly higher for OCPs, but not for PCBs.