This study assessed the possible harmful effects of close exposure to telephone mast base stations on the behaviour of growing Wistar rats. Animals were exposed to the vicinity of base stations, closely monitored and observed. At the end of the exposure period, behavioural studies were undertaken using the Morris water maze. Results showed conspicuous hair loss and slight pigmentation on the skin of experimental animals. Behavioural studies on Morris water maze showed that control rats performed slightly better than the experimental ones. In conclusion, close exposure of growing rats to telephone mast base stations may have damaging effects.
Key words: Telephone mast base stations, behaviour, Morris water maze, Wistar rats.
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