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This ODH factsheet answers many common questions about mercury, including:

  • What is mercury and how does it get into the environment?

  • How does mercury get into my body?

  • Can I get sick from mercury?

  • Does mercury cause cancer?

  • Can a test show if I have mercury in my body?

  • Where can I get more information?


Local health departments are encouraged to print these factsheets for distribution in the event of a public health incident involving mercury.


This factsheet may be updated periodically as new scientific information becomes available or as regulations change. You can find the date of the most recent updates to this factsheet inside the PDF.