Record Display for the EPA National Library CatalogRECORD NUMBER: 5 OF 9
|Main Title||Pesticides in People: Total Mercury Levels in Selected Human Tissues, Idaho-1973-74.|
|Author||Gabica, J. ; Benson, W. ; Loomis., M. ;|
|CORP Author||Idaho State Dept. of Health and Welfare, Boise.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. Office of Pesticide Programs.|
|Stock Number||PB-276 889|
|Additional Subjects||Mercury(Metal) ; Hazardous materials ; Humans ; Toxicology ; Tables(Data) ; Tissues(Biology) ; Histology ; Idaho ; Concentration(Composition) ; Age ; Sex ; Geography ; Kidney ; Liver ; Brain ; Residues ; Sampling ; Procedures ; Autopsy ; Reprints ; Toxic substances ; Organs(Anatomy)|
Total mercury levels were determined in human tissues taken at autopsy from six hospitals in the three basic geographical areas of Idaho. Of the 242 specimens analyzed, 76 percent contained detectable mercury. Levels were compared with respect to the age, sex, and geographic residence of autopsied individuals. Mean levels detected were 1.04 ppm in kidney tissue, 0.34 ppm in liver, and 0.08 ppm in brain. Mean mercury levels for the three geographical areas were: southeastern Idaho, 0.22 ppm; southwestern Idaho, 0.80 ppm; and northern Idaho, 0.43 ppm. The relatively high means in southwestern Idaho specimens may be related to the preponderance of natural cinnabar deposits in that portion of the state.