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Human hair mercury levels in the Wanshan mercury mining area, Guizhou Province, China.
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PMID:  19160059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The total mercury (T-Hg) and methyl mercury (Me-Hg) concentrations in the hair were measured to evaluate mercury (Hg) exposure for the residents in Da-shui-xi Village (DSX) and Xia-chang-xi Village (XCX) in the Wanshan Hg mining area, Guizhou Province, Southwestern China. The mean concentrations in the hair of DSX residents were 5.5 +/- 2.7 mug/g and 1.9 +/- 0.9 mug/g for T-Hg and Me-Hg, respectively. The concentrations in the hair of XCX residents were 3.3 +/- 1.4 mug/g and 1.2 +/- 0.5 mug/g for T-Hg and Me-Hg, respectively. Hair Me-Hg concentrations were significantly correlated to T-Hg (r = 0.42, P < 0.01) in the two sites; on average, hair Me-Hg concentration accounted for 40 and 44% of T-Hg for DSX and XCX residents, respectively. Age has no obvious correlation with hair Hg and the hair Hg levels showed a significant gender difference, with higher T-Hg and Me-Hg concentrations in the hair from males than females. The rice collected from the two sites showed high levels of T-Hg and Me-Hg concentration. The results indicated a certain Hg exposure for the residents in DSX and XCX in the Wanshan Hg mining area.
Ping Li; Xinbin Feng; Guangle Qiu; Lihai Shang; Guanghui Li
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-01-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental geochemistry and health     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0269-4042     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Geochem Health     Publication Date:  2009 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-08     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8903118     Medline TA:  Environ Geochem Health     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  683-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
State Key Laboratory of Environmental Geochemistry, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guiyang, 550002, China.
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