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Mercury exposure and risk among women of childbearing age in Madre de Dios , Peru

  title={Mercury exposure and risk among women of childbearing age in Madre de Dios , Peru},
  author={Sarah Austin Casson and Nicole Wooten},
The rapid growth of artisanal small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in Madre de Dios, Peru, has led to widespread mercury (Hg) use throughout this Amazonian state. Mercury that is released into the environment through ASGM is converted through natural processes to methylmercury (MeHg), a highly toxic and bioavailable form that accumulates in fish. People who eat fish contaminated with MeHg are at risk of mercury intoxication, which can damage the neurological system. Fetuses and infants are… 
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