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How does mercury poisoning affect the body?

Mercury and mercury compounds are neurotoxins, which attack the neurons in the human nervous system, causing damage to the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Mercury poisoning is especially dangerous to the neurological development of fetuses, nursing babies, and children. It also affects the digestive system. Because mercury accumulates in the kidneys, prolonged exposure can cause kidney failure over time. Mercury also irritates the respiratory system by causing damage to the lining of the mouth and the lungs with continued exposure. Contact with the metallic form of mercury can cause skin rashes.

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