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Public Health Assessment
Fish and Shellfish Evaluation,
Isla de Vieques Bombing Range,
Vieques, Puerto Rico

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June 27, 2003
Prepared by:

Federal Facilities Assessment Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

VII. Child Health Considerations

ATSDR recognizes that infants and children can be more sensitive to contamination of their food than adults because children are smaller, therefore childhood exposure results in higher doses of chemical exposure per body weight. Because children can sustain permanent damage if these factors lead to toxic exposure during critical growth stages, ATSDR as part of its public health assessment process is committed to evaluating their special interests at sites such as Vieques.

ATSDR specifically evaluated the exposure to children and determined that they can safely eat fish and shellfish from Vieques.


 
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