Journal of
Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences

  • Abbreviation: J. Toxicol. Environ. Health Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9820
  • DOI: 10.5897/JTEHS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 217

Full Length Research Paper

A geographic information assessment of exposure to a toxic waste site and development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): Findings from the buffalo lupus project

Edith .M. Williams1*, Robert Watkins2, Judith Anderson3 and Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter2
Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities, University of South Carolina, 220 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 208 Columbia, SC  29210, Columbia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 27 October 2010
  •  Published: 31 March 2011


The Buffalo Lupus Project was a community-based participatory research partnership formed to address the relationship between an identified hazardous waste site and high rates of lupus and other autoimmune diseases in the surrounding community. Most cases identified began experiencing symptoms and were diagnosed in the periods when the site was inactive. Trends suggest that the impact of the site was more likely due to chronic exposure to waste rather than it being an acute trigger.


Key words: Lupus, environmental exposure, buffalo lupus project, GIS.