What is the incidence of mercury toxicity 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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The 2013 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers' National Poison Data System documented about 1300 single exposures to mercury or compounds containing mercury. Of these, 109 were in children younger than 6 years and 673 were in persons older than 19 years. Overall, 19 individuals were reported to have moderate effects, 5 had major effects, and none died as a result of mercury exposure. [40]


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