Mercury exposures in riverside amazon communities in Para, Brazil
Santos, Elisabeth Conceição de Oliveira
Jesus, Iracina Maura de
Brabo, Edilson da Silva
Loureiro, Edvaldo C. Brito
Mascarenhas, Artur Fernando Silva
Câmara, Volney de M
Cross-sectional studies were conducted in three riverside communities in the state of Para in the Amazon Region of Brazil. Two of these communities, Brasilia Legal and Sao Luis do Tapajos, are located in a watershed exposed to mercury pollution from artisanal gold mining, and the third, Santana do Ituqui, is outside this area. The studies were based upon a community census and included all persons volunteering for participation in each community. All participants were surveyed by questionnaire for health history, occupation, residence, and diet. Clinical evaluations were also done on each subject, along with collection of blood, urine, feces, and hair. Fish samples were collected to represent the most frequently consumed species. Mercury was measured in hair and fish. Although no signs or symptoms of overt mercury intoxication were observed, persons in Brasilia Legal and Sao Luis do Tapajos had higher levels of mercury in hair than residents of Santana de Ituqui, located out of the risk area. Levels of mercury in fish were below Brazilian health guidance limits, but the high rates of fish consumption among these populations raise concerns for the possible effects of chronic exposure, especially among young children and women of childbearing age.
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-citationSANTOS, Elisabeth C. de Oliveira et al. Mercury exposures in riverside amazon communities in Para, Brazil. Environmental Research, v. 84, n. 2, p. 100-107, Oct. 2000.
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-decsPrimaryMercúrio / toxicidade
Peixes / anatomia & histologia
Poluição da Água
Contaminação de Alimentos