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Mercury Exposure Factors among Residents in the Highly Mercury Exposed Area, Seoksan-ri, Korea
수은 고노출지역 주민의 수은노출요인과 노출량 변화에 관한 연구
- KIM, Dae Seon (Environmental Health Research Department, National Institute of Environmental Research) ;
- Kwon, Young Min (Environmental Health Research Department, National Institute of Environmental Research) ;
- Chung, Hee-Ung (Environmental Health Research Department, National Institute of Environmental Research) ;
- CHOI, Kyunghee (Environmental Health Research Department, National Institute of Environmental Research)
- Received : 2015.10.05
- Accepted : 2015.10.14
- Published : 2015.10.28
Objectives: The 2007 Korea National Survey for Environmental Pollutants in the Human Body found the highest blood mercury levels nationwide among residents in Seoksan-ri, Goro-myeon, Gunwi-gun, Gyeonsangbuk-do. With the aim to reduce the blood mercury levels of residents in this region, we conducted this study to identify the association between mercury exposure levels and shark meat consumption. Methods: This survey was conducted with 118 participants in Seoksan-ri before the Chuseok festival and 113 residents were added afterwards. Information on participants was collected via questionnaires. Total mercury concentrations in biological samples were measured using a mercury analyzer with the gold-amalgam collection method. Results: To identify this, we conducted mercury exposure level analysis before and after the Chuseok festival and found that blood and urinary mercury levels after Chuseok (GM of
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