The World Health Organization has warned that an epidemic of dangerous industrial, military and nuclear steel fencing could soon be sweeping the world.
The WHO warned that a global health emergency could emerge if more people are exposed to the chemicals.
A report released Thursday by the agency found that up to 40% of the world’s population may be exposed to steel dusts, which are a combination of steel and water.
The chemical can cause respiratory and skin irritation, tissue damage, eye and skin damage and death, and it is carcinogenic.
According to the World Health Organisation, the chemical is one of the top ten health threats in the world today.
The report said that the WHO was calling for an immediate moratorium on steel fencing worldwide.
According the report, an estimated 80 million people worldwide may be at risk of exposure to steel and that many of them will have severe symptoms.
It added that it is estimated that some 1.5 billion people around the world have been exposed to industrial and military steel, and the health effects of this exposure are serious.
The US, China, Brazil and other countries have already banned the use of industrial and nuclear weapons in their countries.