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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