ATSDR Examines Effects of Mercury Exposure

The following information concerning mercury is from the website of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia,


ATSDR is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by taking responsive public health actions and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

A description of mercury can be found in the Toxic Substances section of the ATSDR website. The simplest form of mercury is metallic, or liquid, mercury. It is used in a number of products sold commercially, as well as in thermometers, other medical devices and industrial processes. While this form of mercury is not readily absorbed into the human body by touch or through the digestive tract, it does vaporize at room temperatures and inhalation of these vapors can be harmful to your health. If spilled in the home, metallic mercury can pose a danger to you and your family if not properly cleaned up and removed.

Exposure to mercury occurs from breathing contaminated air or ingesting contaminated water and food. Mercury, at high levels, may damage the brain, kidneys, and developing fetus. This chemical has been found in at least 714 of 1,467 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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