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2019 Jun

J Health Pollut



Public Health Burden of E-waste in Africa.


Orisakwe O E, Frazzoli C, Ilo C E, Oritsemuelebi B
J Health Pollut. 2019 Jun; 9(22):190610.
PMID: 31259086.


Environmental impacts from informal e-waste recycling are increasing in Africa. E-waste handling and disposal exposes people to highly toxic cocktails of heavy metals, brominated flame retardants, non-dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PBDF) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCB). Most of these compounds are endocrine disrupters, and most are neuro- and immune-toxic as well.