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Also known as: Hg (chemical symbol)
Formal name: Mercury, Urine and Blood

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NOTE: This article is based on research that utilizes the sources cited here as well as the collective experience of the Lab Tests Online Editorial Review Board. This article is periodically reviewed by the Editorial Board and may be updated as a result of the review. Any new sources cited will be added to the list and distinguished from the original sources used.

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Jamshid Eshraghi, PhD. Director, Chemistry Division. Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory.

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(February 14, 2013) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emergency Preparedness and Response, Mercury. Available online at http://emergency.cdc.gov/agent/mercury/ through http://emergency.cdc.gov. Accessed October 2014.

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(2004 August 02, Updated). Public Health Statement for Mercury. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxprofiles/phs46.html through http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov.

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