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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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GAIOLI, Marisa; AMOEDO, Diego  and  GONZALEZ, Daniel. Impact of mercury on human health and the environment. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2012, vol.110, n.3, pp.259-264. ISSN 0325-0075.

Mercury (Hg) is currently considered a global pollutant. Mercury is a signifcant environmental toxin and has a huge impact on human health, causing irreversible damage to the central nervous system, especially in the most vulnerable stages of life. Medical centers contribute to 4-5% of the total mercury present in drainage waters. Practices should be introduced to reduce mercury use with the aim of complete elimination. International entities, governments, non-governmental organizations, and health professionals should support all measures taken to achieve this goal.

Keywords : Mercury; Sources; Exposition; Prevention.

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