ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Arsenic, Copper, Molybdenum, and Selenium Exposure through Drinking Water in Rural Eastern Croatia
Mario Ćurković1, Laszlo Sipos2, Dinko Puntarić3, Katarina Dodig-Ćurković4, Nela Pivac5, Kristina Kralik6
 
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1Department of Family Medicine, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Medical School Osijek, Croatia
2University of Zagreb, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Zagreb, Croatia
3Department of Public Health, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Medical School Osijek, Croatia
4Department of Psychiatry, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Medical School Osijek, Croatia
5Division of Molecular Medicine, Rudjer Boskovic Institute, Zagreb, Croatia
6Department of Biophysics, Medical Statistics and Medical Informatics,
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Medical School Osijek, Croatia
Publish date: 2016-05-25
Submission date: 2014-07-14
Final revision date: 2016-02-11
Acceptance date: 2016-02-13
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2016;25(3):981–992
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The objectives of this study were to determine the concentrations of arsenic, copper, molybdenum, and selenium in drinking water and biological tissues (serum, urine, hair) in the populations of three rural communities in eastern Croatia, and to determine whether the concentrations of these elements in drinking water can be related to their concentrations in biological tissues. Arsenic, copper, molybdenum, and selenium concentrations were determined using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry in the samples of water, urine, and serum of the subjects from all three communities, while hair samples were taken from the subjects from Ćelije and Draž. The highest arsenic concentrations in drinking water and biological tissues were found in the participants from Ćelije. In all three communities, concentrations of copper, molybdenum, and selenium did not exceed maximum permissible concentrations in drinking water or in biological tissues.
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