Silent latency periods in methylmercury poisoning and in neurodegenerative disease.

@article{Weiss2002SilentLP,
  title={Silent latency periods in methylmercury poisoning and in neurodegenerative disease.},
  author={Bernard Weiss and Thomas W. Clarkson and William F. Simon},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  year={2002},
  volume={110},
  pages={851 - 854}
}
This article discusses three examples of delay (latency) in the appearance of signs and symptoms of poisoning after exposure to methylmercury. First, a case is presented of a 150-day delay period before the clinical manifestations of brain damage after a single brief (<1 day) exposure to dimethylmercury. The second example is taken from the Iraq outbreak of methylmercury poisoning in which the victims consumed contaminated bread for several weeks without any ill effects. Indeed, signs of… CONTINUE READING