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From Spring 2004

Effects of Mercury Contamination

Mercury exposure has been linked to a wide variety of ills, including acute and chronic effects on the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. Moreover, the EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have designated mercury as a possible human carcinogen.1 Human occupational studies suggest that methylmercury exposure alters immune function.1 Methylmercury exposure has also been shown to affect reproduction.1 In one study, the rate of spontaneous abortions for wives of mercury-exposed men (with urinary mercury greater than 50 g per liter) was double that for controls.6 Some exposure studies also suggest that fertility may be lower in mercury-exposed individuals.1

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