Mercury Exposure Among Artisanal Gold Miners in Madre de Dios, Peru: A Cross-sectional Study

@article{Yard2012MercuryEA,
  title={Mercury Exposure Among Artisanal Gold Miners in Madre de Dios, Peru: A Cross-sectional Study},
  author={Ellen E. Yard and Jane Horton and Joshua G. Schier and Kathleen Caldwell and Carlos Rodr{\'i}guez Sanchez and Lauren W. Lewis and Carmen Gastaňaga},
  journal={Journal of Medical Toxicology},
  year={2012},
  volume={8},
  pages={441-448}
}
Exposure to mercury, a toxic metal, occurs primarily from inhaling mercury vapors or consuming methylmercury-contaminated fish. One third of all anthropogenic mercury emissions worldwide are from artisanal gold mining, which uses mercury to extract gold. Although recent reports suggest that the Madre de Dios region in Peru (with >30,000 artisanal miners) has extensive mercury contamination, residents had never been assessed for mercury exposure. Thus, our objective was to quantify mercury… CONTINUE READING
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