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Health Effects of Mercury From Contaminated Fish

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In collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) several research projects have been conducted on the association between methyl mercury from consumption of contaminated lake fish and neurodevelopmental effects among infants and children.   A study to evaluate methyl mercury exposure in a cross section of Wisconsin’s adult population has been completed.  More than 2000 men and women have been surveyed regarding their fish consumption habits and participants were asked to submit a hair sample for mercury analysis.  Continuing research on this study is focusing on behavioral and exposure level changes among this group and their offspring and is assessing the effectiveness of hair mercury analysis as an intervention strategy.