[ RadSafe ] From the WHO document mentioned
J. Marshall Reber
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Sat Oct 17 15:40:09 CDT 2009
Conclusions: Exposed populations
Limitation on human intake of soluble depleted uranium compounds
should be based on
a tolerable intake value of 0.5 μg per kg of body weight per day, and
that the intake of
insoluble depleted uranium compounds should be based on both chemical
effects and the
radiation dose limits prescribed in the International Basic Safety
Standards (BSS) on
radiation protection. Exposure to depleted uranium should be
controlled to the levels
recommended for protection against radiological and chemical toxicity
outlined in the
monograph for both soluble and insoluble depleted uranium compounds.
General screening or monitoring for possible depleted uranium-related
health effects in
populations living in conflict areas where depleted uranium has been
used is not necessary.
Individuals who believe they have been exposed to excessive amounts of
should consult their medical practitioner for examination, appropriate
treatment of any
symptoms and follow-up.
Young children could receive greater depleted uranium exposure when
playing within a
conflict zone because of hand-to-mouth activity that could result in
high depleted uranium
ingestion from contaminated soil. This type of exposure needs to be
necessary preventative measures taken.
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