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, 2014, 528965

Agent Orange Footprint Still Visible in Rural Areas of Central Vietnam

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Agent Orange Footprint Still Visible in Rural Areas of Central Vietnam

Jan Banout et al. J Environ Public Health.

Abstract

Levels of polychlorinated dioxins/furans (PCDD/PCDF) in selected environmental samples (soils, sediments, fish, and farm animals) were analyzed from the area of Phong My commune (Thua Thien-Hue province, Vietnam). This area was affected by Agent Orange spraying during the Vietnam war (1968-1971). Whereas PCDD/PCDF content in soil and sediment samples is relatively low and ranges between 0.05 and 5.1 pg WHO-TEQ/g for soils and between 0.7 and 6.4 pg WHO-TEQ/g for sediments, the PCDD/PCDF content in poultry muscle and liver in most cases exceeded the maximum permissible limit of dioxin content per unit fat mass. In some cases of soil and sediments samples, 2,3,7,8-TCDD represented more than 90% of the total PCDD/PCDF, which indicates Agent Orange as the main source.

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Map of Thua Thien-Hue province showing the target area of Phong My commune.
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Figure 2
Map of sampling area in Phong My commune.

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