Mercury Biomonitoring | Open Access Journals

International Journal of Public Health and Safety

ISSN: 2736-6189

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Mercury Biomonitoring

Biomonitoring is a new field that falls between monitoring the environment and monitoring the public health. Biomonitoring refers to collecting human biospecimen samples, such as blood, saliva, or urine. For chemical contaminants such as arsenic, phthalates, dioxins, or mercury, these specimens are tested. Specimens for biological compounds which are formed as a result of exposure to such contaminants can also be analyzed. Those are sometimes referred to as 'biomarkers' though this term often has many meanings. The first national human exposure survey, published in 1996, recorded concentrations of more than 100 compounds in the nation's citizens. Many extensive contaminations by environmental chemicals in the human population have been reported. Many of the findings were shocking, for instance results showing almost universal phthalate exposure.     

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