Gold-mining activities and mercury contamination of native amerindian communities in French Guiana: key role of fish in dietary uptake.

@article{Frry2001GoldminingAA,
  title={Gold-mining activities and mercury contamination of native amerindian communities in French Guiana: key role of fish in dietary uptake.},
  author={Nadine Fr{\'e}ry and R{\'e}gine Maury-Brachet and E Maillot and M Deheeger and B de M{\'e}rona and Alain Boudou},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  year={2001},
  volume={109},
  pages={449 - 456}
}
In 1994, the French National Public Health Network reported significant mercury exposure of native Amerindians in French Guiana. In 1997, a study was conducted in the Wayana community to quantify the dietary intake and to identify the fish species contributing the most to the contamination. The study was completed by an impregnation analysis based on Hg determination in hair samples. The methodology used was a detailed familial dietary study associated with Hg measurements in fish and some game… CONTINUE READING