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  • Dust and soil from mine tailings often contain arsenic, so keep exposure to a minimum.
  • Health effects depend on the amount of arsenic taken in by the body over time and the amount of arsenic swallowed.
  • Children are more at risk as they can swallow more soil or dust than adults.
  • See your doctor if you have any concerns.

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Reviewed on: 31-10-2015