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An Investigation into The Effect of Traffic Pollution on The Levels of Some Heavy Metals in Goats` Urine Samples

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Author(s): F.O. Abulude | O.S. Eluyode | A.T. Jegede

Journal: Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances
ISSN 1680-5593

Volume: 5;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 132;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: Traffic pollution | urine samples | heavy metals | Pb/Zn ratio | young | mature goats

ABSTRACT
This study is part of an investigation into the possible environmental contamination resulting from the traffic congestion in Nigeria. The aim of this study was to quantify the levels of some heavy metals in goats urine samples. Samples were collected from different location (Expressway, Araromi way, Federal College of Agriculture, Akure Campus and Irun Akoko), wet digested and analyzed with atomic absorption spectrophotometer. The mean Pb level (3.8 mg L-1 ) of Araromi way was higher than those recorded for other locations. Pb/Zn ratio of Araromi way and expressway was higher than the others. Young goats were found to have higher levels of metals than the mature ones. It then denotes that these areas are polluted by the high traffic congestion. Although analytical results revealed that the metals were below safety limits, however, it is suggested that the areas be regularly monitored to avoid traffic pollution.
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