– It is not acutely toxic, but it is dangerous if you have a lot of it in your body. It can affect the liver, the immune system, and it is also on our list of carcinogens, she says.
Particularly unborn and newborn babies are at risk.
– This is because, among other things, it affects the immune system, which means that the children do not develop optimally.
Therefore, the drug has also been banned in general for many years.
But PFOS has come under fire again, after Danish Regions announced on Friday that 145 locations must be investigated further for the substance.
In the spring, it emerged that the toxic substance had spread from a fire school to a field in Korsør, where cows were grazing.
More than 100 citizens now have greatly elevated values of PFOS in their blood, and it is not easy to get rid of it again, says Lisbeth E. Knudsen.
– The problem with PFOS is that it stays in the body. It takes more than four years before half of it comes out of the body. So it accumulates and can then cause these injuries, where we are particularly concerned about the liver impact, which results in increased cholesterol levels.
– The best thing you can do is not to use the source that is for you to get the drug. That is, not eating contaminated meat or drinking contaminated water. Because we do not have a cure that makes it possible to get rid of it, she says.
At Holbæk Hospital, it is hoped that a solution may be on the way to excrete PFOS from the body.
The Science Ethics Committee in Region Zealand has given the green light for a research experiment with some of the 187 citizens from Korsør who have inadvertently ingested the substance.
The experiment involves giving the citizens of PFOS in Korsør the drug colestyramine. It is a well-known and well-proven remedy for high cholesterol.
Source: The Nordic Page