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There are three different types of mercury: elemental, salt, and organic. Elemental mercury is what is found in thermometers. This type of mercury is often regarded as the most dangerous because it can cause significant neurological damage when inhaled, ingested, or absorbed into the skin. Mercury poisoning is most often caused by elemental mercury when a child or adult comes into contact with the substance and is unaware of what it is or its effects. Mercury salts are used for several industrial purposes, and when inhaled, tend to wreak havoc on the kidneys rather than the neurological system. Organic mercury is what is found in plants, fish, and shellfish. Plants produce mercury that is then released into the water. Organic mercury can also cause damage to the nervous system.
All forms of mercury are especially dangerous to pregnant women because mercury can cause birth defects if the level of exposure is high enough. Infants exposed to mercury while still unborn have been known to develop several disorders including autism.
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