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Reports of blood mercury levels


Government Sources

NHANES-The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducts the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)  that includes measurement of blood mercury levels in women and children. The data is made available to researchers and the public for analysis. You can access blood mercury reports at the NHANES website.

New York Department of Health has a heavy metal registry that records results of blood mercury tests on NY state residents with results greater than 5 ug/L.   An annual report for the period 2000-2005 is available. 

New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygeine examined lead, cadmium and mercury in blood of NYC adults.  McKelvey, W. Gwynn, RC, Jeffery, N., Kass D., Thorpe, LE, Garg RK, Palmer, CD, Parsons, PJ. 2007. A biomonitoring Study of Lead, Cadmium, and Mercury in the Blood of New York City Adults, Environmental Health Perspectives, 115(10): 1435-41.


Peer-Reviewed Literature using NHANES data

Birch, R.J., Bigler, J., Rogers, J.W., Zhuang, Y., Clickner, R.P. 2014. Trends in blood mercury concentrations and fish consumption among U.S. women of reproductive age, NHANES, 1999-2010, Environmental Research, [3/2014: This currently links to the EPA report rather than the Env. Research journal article. It will be updated once the journal publishes.]

Mahaffey, K. R., Clickner, R.P., Jeffries, R.A. 2009. Adult Women's Blood Mercury Concentrations Vary Regionally in the United States: Association with Patterns of Fish Consumption (NHANES 1999-2004), Environmental Health Perspectives, 117 (1): 47-53.

Laks, D.R., 2009. Assessment of Chronic Mercury Exposure within the U.S. Population, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2006. Biometals, 22:1103-1114.

Hightower, J.M., O'Hare, A., Hernandez, G. T. 2006. Blood Mercury reporting in NHANES: Identifying Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Multiracial Groups, Environmental Health Perspectives, 114(2):173-175.

Mahaffey, K.R., Clickner, R.P., Bodurow, C.C. 2004. Blood Organic Mercury and Dietary Mercury Intake: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 and 2000, Environmental Health Perspectives, 112(5):562-570.

Schober, S.E. et al. 2003. Blood Mercury Levels in U.S. Children and Women of Childbearing Age, 1999-2000, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 289:1667-1674.