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Table 5 Extrapolated percentages of exposed and intoxicated miners in Zimbabwe

From: The burden of chronic mercury intoxication in artisanal small-scale gold mining in Zimbabwe: data availability and preliminary estimates

Sex and age groups Total population [[49]] Main analysis* Scenario analysis
Minimum scenario** Maximum scenario***
% exposed of the total population % of the total population showing intoxication
Male and female Total 12,492,000 3 2 2 3
0-8 3,069,000 (−) (−) (−) (−)
9-14 2,080,000 3 2 1 1
15+ 7,343,000 4 3 3 6
Male Total 6,067,000 4 4 3 7
0-8 1,540,000 (−) (−) (−) (−)
9-14 1,042,000 4 3 1 1
15+ 3,485,000 6 5 4 11
15-24 1,533,000 5 4 4 9
25-34 871,000 10 9 7 18
35-41 293,000   7 6 14
42+ 788,000 3 3 3 6
Female Total 6,425,000 2 1 1 1
0-8 1,529,000 (−) (−) (−) (−)
9-14 1,038,000 1 1 1 1
15+ 3,858,000 2 1 2 1
15-24 1,552,000 2 1 1 1
25-34 870,000 4 2 4 1
35-41 353,000 3 1 3 1
42+ 1,083,000 1 1 1 1
  1. All numbers and percentages are rounded.
  2. *The main analysis includes the numbers given in Table 4 (Column C).
  3. **The minimum scenario means that the lowest total prevalence is reached. Included are the following numbers: 350,000 occupationally exposed; 50% of the adults are female; 2% of the total are children (see Table 4 for sources).
  4. ***The maximum scenario means that the highest total prevalence is reached. Included are the following numbers: 500,000 occupationally exposed; 11% of the adults are female; 2% of the total are children (see Table 4 for sources). In the maximum scenario, there is a low disease prevalence of women and children compared to the minimum scenario, because of the higher sample prevalence of adults compared to children and men vs. women (Table 4). Hence, the maximum scenario is reached when the lowest involvement of children and women is assumed.
  5. (-) children aged 0–8 were not assumed to be occupationally exposed.