Prenatal methylmercury exposure and children: neurologic, developmental, and behavioral research.

@article{Myers1998PrenatalME,
  title={Prenatal methylmercury exposure and children: neurologic, developmental, and behavioral research.},
  author={Gary J Myers and Philip Davidson},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  year={1998},
  volume={106},
  pages={841 - 847}
}
Mercury is present in the earth's crust and is methylated by bacteria in aquatic environments to methylmercury (MeHg). It is then concentrated by the food chain so predatory fish and sea mammals have the highest levels. Thus, consuming seafood leads to exposure. MeHg readily crosses the placenta and the blood-brain barrier and is neurotoxic. The developing fetal nervous system is especially sensitive to its effects. Prenatal poisoning with high dose MeHg causes mental retardation and cerebral… CONTINUE READING