Chlordecone: support for infected people

The measurement of the rate of contamination in the blood of Guadeloupeans is now open and free to all. The health authorities have set a minimum rate of 0.4 micrograms of Chlordecone per liter of blood. Beyond this limit, support from the ARS is offered through three types of workshops.

updated on May 13, 2022 at 3:02 p.m.

Are you contaminated or not by chlordecone? This is a question that many Guadeloupeans ask themselves. Since last November, the inhabitants and agricultural workers of the banana crescent as well as pregnant women have been able to know their level of contamination by the pesticide.

Screening is now available to everyone. But once the results are known, when the reference threshold of 0.4 micrograms per liter is exceeded, what happens?

Beyond this level detected in the blood, people will be able to benefit from support deployed by the Regional Health Agency to understand how it becomes contaminated and how to limit this poisoning.

An assessment would be done individually at home by a health professional, whether a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist or a midwife. Then, the person screened will be able to attend group workshops with dietitians and an agricultural consultant to try to understand everything that revolves around food and environmental health. And finally the last workshop, also with an agricultural consultant, which allows you to learn how to cultivate on contaminated soil.

Mélanie Ballourd, environmental risk manager at ARS

Screening is free on simple medical prescription after a visit to a doctor or midwife.

Reporter: Marie-Lyne Plaisir
JRI: Rémi Defrance
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