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Arsenic as a Toxic
element
Arsenic Poisoning

Arsenic poisoning was first detected
in Bangladesh in 1993 by the
Department of Public Health
Engineering (DPHE). But the fact
remained behind the screen till
1996. According to the latest
surveys conducted at Government
levels, at least53 out of the total

64 districts of Bangladesh are
affected with Arsenic pollution.
HISTORICAL
\ue000Arsenic is known as 'Senko Bish' among the

Bengali-speaking people. This term is also
used in the books in Bengali on medical
science. The use of arsenic as a deadly
poison has been known since long years
back. After winning the War of Waterloo, the
British force reportedly used arsenic to kill

French Emperor Nepoleon Bonapart who
was in exile at St. Helena island.

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