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Title: Mercury in scalp hair near the mid-atlantic ridge (MAR) in relation to high fish consumption
Author: Vieira, H. C.
Morgado, F.
Soares, A. M. V. M.
Abreu, S. N.
Keywords: Azores
High fish consumption
Mercury bioaccumulation
Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Scalp hair
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Springer
Abstract: The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential risk of mercury contamination near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge relating total mercury (THg) concentrations in the human scalp hair (n = 110) and high fish consumption levels. THg was quantified in human scalp hair, and volunteers were questioned about age, gender, and smoking habits being subsequently grouped in categories based on the individual average intake of fish meals per week. THg concentrations ([THg]) in hair samples ranged from 0.05 to 2.24 μg g(-1), and significant differences were found according to age (p < 0.05) and also among volunteers presenting different fish consumption rates (p < 0.001) being the highest [THg] observed on the adult population and also on volunteers that indicated consuming five or more meals of fish per week. Results indicate a pattern of increased mercury accumulation with increasing fish consumption. Despite mercury availability and a potential mercury intake of up to seven times, the WHO provisional tolerable weekly intake of mercury value, in consequence of high fish consumption, mercury concentrations in scalp hair are comparatively low regarding recommended levels by WHO.
Peer review: yes
DOI: 10.1007/s12011-013-9849-7
ISSN: 0163-4984
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