Biomonitoring of total mercury in whole blood of South Korean by age and regional (2010 - 2011)
- Biomonitoring of total mercury in whole blood of South Korean by age and regional (2010 - 2011)
- 정다영; 최종호; 이정애; 박경수; 윤혜정; 표희수
- Total mercury; Biomonitoring; Direct mercury analyzer; South Korean; Blood; Health effect
- Issue Date
- VOL 15, NO 4, 267-274
- The present study analyzed total mercury in whole blood from total of 4500 samples: adults = 2000, students
= 1000 and infants = 800 (parents = 600), of Korean that were collected between 2010 and 2011 survey years
using Gold Amalgamation-Direct Mercury Analyser (DMA-80). Geometric mean (GM) of adults, students and
infants (parents) were 3.90 μg/L, 2.15 μg/L, 2.06 μg/L (3.23 μg/L), respectively, showing proportional relationship
between age and total mercury concentration in whole blood. When the samples were analyzed in relation
to gender, total mercury concentration was higher in male samples (3.11 μg/L) than female samples (2.76
μg/L). When the samples were analyzed in relation region, total mercury concentration was higher in coastal
area samples (3.60 μg/L) than inland area samples (2.98 μg/L) with significance (p<0.05). Total mercury concentrations
of 496 pairs of mother and infant showed low linearity with R2=0.026. The above statistical analysis
was performed using PASW Statistics 18 (Version 18.0, SPSS, Chicago, IL).
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