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How common is mercury poisoning?

One study estimated that 300,000 infants are born at risk every year in the United States because of methylmercury exposure while they were developing fetuses. Most people in America and worldwide have low levels of mercury in their bodies, but these low levels do not cause symptoms of poisoning. We also know that the danger of exposure to mercury and mercury compounds increases as more mercury is released into the air, water, and earth.

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Does mercury poisoning affect children differently than adults?
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Mercury poisoning is extremely dangerous to developing fetuses, nursing babies, and young children. ...
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How is mercury poisoning diagnosed?
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It is possible to test samples of blood, urine, and hair to determine how much mercury people may ha...
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What do I need to know about caring for someone with mercury poisoning?
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Most of the time, the effects of mercury poisoning disappear within 90 days once the person is no lo...
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Are there alternative treatments for mercury poisoning?
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Scientific data does not seem to support the use of alternative treatments for mercury poisoning. De...
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