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In a five-year longitudinal study of mothers and infants exposed to methylmercury during the Iraq epidemic of 1972, the frequencies of signs and symptoms exhibited by the mothers were typical of methylmercury poisoning. When blood concentrations of mercury are corrected to 1 March 1972, mothers with the most severe signs and symptoms had an average blood(More)
The clinical features of 49 children who had eaten bread contaminated with methylmercury in rural Iraq were reviewed. Symptoms and signs relating to the nervous system--varying degrees of ataxia, weakness, and visual and sensory changes--dominated the clinical picture. The severity of poisoning was related to the blood mercury concentration, as was the(More)
This report describes psychomotor retardation in infants caused by prenatal exposure to methylmercury. A study of 29 mother-infant pairs established a relationship between maximum maternal hair mercury concentration during pregnancy and the frequency of neurological effects in the infants. The latter included delayed achievement of developmental milestones(More)
The signs and symptoms of methylmercury poisoning and the concentrations of mercury in samples of blood, hair, and milk are reported and compared in two infant-mother pairs exposed in the recent Iraq outbreak. In one pair, the infant was born prior to the exposure of the mother, and was exposed only from ingestion of methylmercury in mother's milk. In the(More)
Three children, ages 6 months, 13 months and 10 years were treated by exchange transfusions following exposure to methylmercury in the Iraq outbreak in 1971-72. Two had severe signs of poisoning and the other was clinically normal but had a high blood mercury concentration. Exchange transfusion resulted in clearance of mercury not only from blood but also(More)
Thirty-two infants prenatally exposed to methylmercury and their mothers were examined over a five-year period after the Iraqi methylmercury epidemic. Severity of poisoning in mothers was related to the peak mercury concentration in their hair and in the infants to the maximum concentration in maternal hair during pregnancy. In nine cases of cerebral palsy,(More)
Three complexing agents and a thiolated resin were tested for their ability to reduce the T 1/2 of methylmercury in blood during an outbreak of human poisoning. The slope of the line relating the natural logarithm of the blood concentration to time during treatment was calculated by a parametric (linear regression) and a nonparametric (two-point) method.(More)