Dietary exposure to methylmercury from fish consumption by Indigenous communities along the Napo River, Peru

Erick M. Carreras, Erika Neilson, John Neilson, Videsh Kapoor & Randy Baker
Recently in the Peruvian Amazon, there has been increased concern regarding exposure to the neurotoxin methylmercury (MeHg) through fish consumption. Objective: To measure local Indigenous communities’ methylmercury exposure secondary to consumption of the most commonly eaten fish species, and assess if weekly methylmercury exposure by women of reproductive age (15 – 49 years) surpassed established tolerable weekly intake values for this vulnerable population. Methods: The team surveyed households, by means of a convenience sample, to...
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