A coroner conducting autopsies on 10 people in a western Pennsylvania county has found high levels of cadmium
, an extremely toxic substance. Authorities in Indiana County, which lies 50 miles east of Pittsburgh, are unsure if it is from an environmental source. Initial analysis of water and soil has not linked the substance to contamination, but investigators say more testing is necessary.
Long term exposure to cadmium may cause kidney problems
, including kidney failure
. Studies have shown that chronic exposure to cadmium may cause lung cancer
. While evidence of birth defects
in humans exposed to cadmium is inconclusive, some animals seem to be prone to birth defects after exposure.
Cadmium readings in the deceased, who died of various ailments including bowel disease and heart attack
, ranged from 20 to 100 times the maximum exposure level set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
See your doctor if you live in Indiana County, Pennsylvania and have experienced serious health problems. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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