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The air quality has undergone a slight improvement compared to the previous years from the viewpoint of the pollution with different dusts. Pollution and Air Quality in Târgovişte Municipality and Its Surroundings (Romania) 27 The gaseous pollutants (nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ammonia, sulphuretted hydrogen, formaldehyde, oxidant substances, and carbon monoxide) are not present in the atmosphere in concentrations above the allowable limits in the areas in which they are monitored. The dominant pollution is represented by dusts in suspension (in the area of Târgovişte, in Doiceşti and its surroundings), and by pollution with settleable dusts in Fieni area.

Table 2. Reported metal toxicity and diagnosis/medical monitoring. Occupational exposure to inorganic arsenic compounds through inhalation, ingestion or skin contact with subsequent absorption may occur in industry. Acute effects at the point of entry may occur if exposure is excessive. Dermatitis may occur as an acute symptom but is more often the result of toxicity from long-term exposure, sometimes subsequent to sensitization. In occupational exposure to mainly airborne arsenic, skin lesions may result from local irritation.

Symptoms are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains and sometimes diarrhoea. Sources of food contamination may be pots and pans with cadmium-containing glazing and cadmium solderings used in vending machines for hot and cold drinks. In animals parenteral administration of cadmium at doses exceeding 2 mg Cd/kg body weight causes necrosis of the testis. No such effect has been reported in humans. 3 Chronic toxicity Chronic cadmium poisoning has been reported after prolonged occupational exposure to cadmium oxide fumes, cadmium oxide dust and cadmium stearates.

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