Total mercury content in hair and neurologic signs: historic data from Minamata.

@article{Yorifuji2009TotalMC,
  title={Total mercury content in hair and neurologic signs: historic data from Minamata.},
  author={Takashi Yorifuji and Toshihide Tsuda and Soshi Takao and Etsuji Suzuki and Masazumi Harada},
  journal={Epidemiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 2},
  pages={188-93}
}
BACKGROUND Large-scale methylmercury poisonings have occurred in Japan (Minamata and Niigata) and in Iraq. The current WHO threshold for adult exposure (hair level: 50 microg/g) was based on evidence from Niigata, which included only acute and severe cases. That study leaves open the possibility of more subtle effects at lower exposure levels. METHODS The Shiranui sea had been contaminated in the 1950s by the discharge of methylmercury from a factory near Minamata.In 1960, the hair mercury… CONTINUE READING
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