What is the primary source of organic mercury exposure in the US?

Updated: Nov 05, 2018
  • Author: David A Olson, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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In the United States, exposure to organic mercury is primarily through ingestion of contaminated fish. Persons who consume large amounts of seafood from contaminated waters have an increased risk of toxicity. Surveys indicate that public awareness of the risks of mercury-contaminated fish is limited.


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