Mercury levels in the hair of pregnant women in a polluted area in Sweden.
Total mercury concentration in hair, sampled at delivery, was determined in women living in an area polluted with atmospheric emissions of mercury from a metal smelter, (n=122) and in a control area (n=75).
Information on fish consumption was obtained at the lOth week of pregnancy.
The average mercury concentration in hair was 0.27 mg/kg (range 0.07-0.96 mg/kg), which is some : what lower than previously reported for pregnant women in Sweden and very low compared with levels in fish-eating populations in other parts of the world.
Women living in the polluted area had significantly lower mercury levels in hair than women in these control area when comparing groups with quantitatively similar consumption of freshwater fish.
Mots-clés Pascal : Mercure, Métal lourd, Taux, Epidémiologie, Femme, Homme, Gestation, Suède, Europe, Polluant, Environnement, Contamination, Aliment, Poisson comestible, Eau douce, Régime alimentaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mercury, Heavy metal, Rate, Epidemiology, Woman, Human, Pregnancy, Sweden, Europe, Pollutant, Environment, Contamination, Food, Edible fish, Fresh water, Diet
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0594058
Code Inist : 002B03M01. Création : 09/06/1995.