Viterbo water arsenic levels 'twice normal'

Greater concentrations in children, ISS says

Viterbo water arsenic levels 'twice normal'

Rome, April 12 - The level of arsenic left in people from drinking water in and around Viterbo north of Rome is twice that found among the general population of Italy, a survey said Friday. "Great concentrations have been found in children," said the report from the Higher Health Institute (ISS), which examined residents of Viterbo and 16 nearby towns. Lower risks were found in people using public water in Rome and Latina, two other Lazio provincial capitals, the ISS said. The World Health Organisation says arsenic can cause cancer and the European Union set limits on its presence in drinking water in 2001.

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