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What causes mercury poisoning?

Mercury poisoning is caused by over-exposure to high levels of mercury. Ingesting food (like some types of fish) and liquids or inhaling air with high levels of mercury contamination may cause mercury poisoning.

Mercury is released naturally from the earth and from human activities, such as mining and manufacturing. Mercury comes in three forms, and each one is toxic to humans. Elemental or metallic mercury is liquid at room temperature and evaporates to become mercury vapor. Inorganic mercury forms a compound with another element, such as oxygen, and becomes a salt. Organic mercury combines with carbon, and its most common form is methylmercury.

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