Chil­dren’s ill­nesses may be linked to run­ning tracks

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Many pri­mary school stu­dents in Jiangsu prov­ince suf­fered nose­bleeds, dizzi­ness and rashes af­ter at­tend­ing schools that re­cently in­stalled plas­tic run­ning tracks on their play­grounds.

Par­ents of pri­mary school stu­dents in sev­eral ci­ties re­ported sim­i­lar symp­toms that started to show up in their chil­dren af­ter school be­gan in Septem­ber.

The pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tional depart­ment said that schools with pun­gent plas­tic tracks must hire pro­fes­sion­als to per­form tests.

Ye Ping, deputy di­rec­tor of Taizhou Prod­uct Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion and In­spec­tion In­sti­tute, said harm­ful el­e­ments in plas­tic run­ning tracks may re­sult in dis­eases.

“The plas­tic tracks in China mainly con­sist of polyurethane, a kind of non­toxic ma­te­rial,” said Ye. “How­ever, sup­pli­ers may add toxic ad­he­sives. They give a pun­gent smell and may cause itch­ing and dizzi­ness.”

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