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What is mercury poisoning?

Mercury poisoning is a serious condition that can cause long-term, permanent damage to the human nervous system, digestive system, kidneys, and lungs. Mercury poisoning results from over-exposure to high levels of mercury. There are two main ways we are exposed to mercury. The first is through breathing mercury vapor. The second is by eating food and drinking water or other liquids that have been contaminated with methylmercury, a common mercury compound.

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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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Is there a cure for mercury poisoning?
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At this time, there is no specific cure for mercury poisoning. However, the symptoms of mercury pois...
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Which fish have lower mercury levels?
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As a general rule, fish that are larger and caught when they are older have the most mercury. Salmon...
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What causes mercury poisoning?
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Mercury poisoning is caused by over-exposure to high levels of mercury. Ingesting food (like some ty...
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