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      Estimation of volatile organic compounds in Kuwaiti houses after the Gulf war.

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      Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)

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          Interest in indoor air quality is steadily increasing. Exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is associated with health effects as diverse as childhood respiratory disease, lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. In an effort to assess the environmental impact indoors from possible sources of VOCs, such as (i) open oil lakes, (ii) chemical and petrochemical industries and (iii) indoor pollution from household items, concentrations of aliphatic and aromatic VOCs, comprising n-hexane to n-hexadecane, benzene, toluene, xylene, ethyl benzene, methanol and o-dichlorobenzene, were measured in indoor air samples from seven different cities in Kuwait using a gas chromatograph. The data for the period March to May 1993 are presented. The VOCs, as measured, were surprisingly low and they are below the concentrations set by the American Hygienists Association. However, although the concentration of the estimated VOCs being low, were cumulative effects of them entering the human body and water sources cannot be ruled out.

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          Journal
          Environ. Pollut.
          Environmental pollution (Barking, Essex : 1987)
          0269-7491
          0269-7491
          1995
          : 90
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Chemical Engineering, Kuwait University, PO Box 5969, 13060 Safat, Kuwait.
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          0269-7491(94)00086-S
          15091509

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