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Table 7 Hair mercury levels in the Tapajós River Basin, Adults

From: Hair mercury levels in Amazonian populations: spatial distribution and trends

Study Location N Hg mean μg/g
(median) [SD]
Range μg/g > 10 μg/ga Fish
consumption
Amorim et al. 2000 Brasília Legal 98 (13.5) 0.6-71.8 >50%  
     Women   (10.8)    
     Men   (17.1)    
Dolbec et al. 2000 Cametá 68 10.8 (9.0) [6.1]    61.8% of total meals
     Women 41 9.9 (8.0) [5.6]   >25%  
     Men 27 12.2 (10.8) [6.8]   >50%  
Fillion et al. 2006 São Luís do Tapajós,
Nova Canaã, Santo Antônio,
Mussum, Vista Alegre and Açaituba
251 17.8 0.2-77.2 69.7% 6.8 meals/week
Lebel et al. 1997 Brasília Legal 96 (12.9)   >50%  
     Women   (11.2)    44.7% of total meals
     Men   (15.7)    43.9% of total meals
Lebel et al. 1998 Brasília Legal      
     Men 34 14.3 [9.4]    
     Women 46 12.6 [7.0]    
Passos et al. 2007 SLTapajós, Nova Canaã,
Santo Antônio, Ipaupixuna, Novo Paraíso,
Teça, Timbu, Açaituba, Campo Alegre,
Samauma, Mussum, Vista Alegre and Santa Cruz
457 16.8 (15.7) [10.3] 0.2-58.3 >50% 6.6 meals/week
Pinheiro et al. 2006 São Luís do Tapajós 32 ≈ 15.0    
  Barreiras 37 ≈ 15.5    
Silva et al. 2004 Vila do Tabatinga 98 (6.4) 1.2-17.0   
  1. aPercentage of the population with hair mercury levels higher than 10 μg/g.
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