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The blue-baby syndrome and nitrogen fertilisers: A high risk in the tropics?

Jules N. Pretty, Gordon N. Conway

Report/paper, 10 pages

Nitrates taken in with water of food can result in methaemoglobinaemia, commonly known in infants as the blue-baby syndrome. The body becomes progressively starved with oxygen, turning affected individuals blue, firstly around the lips, fingers and toes and then spreading to the face and body.

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