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Title: A Public Health Response to Mercury in Fish


1
A Public Health Response to Mercury in Fish
  • Suzanne K. Condon, Assistant Commissioner
  • Bureau of Environmental Health Assessment

2
Outline of Presentation
  • Introduction to mercury in fish and public health
    intervention.
  • Issuance of 1994 statewide advisory
  • Increasing evidence of pollution and health
    effects
  • Mass Mercury Reduction Plan - DPH focus on
    Merrimack Valley
  • Expanded Statewide Advisory

3
1986 Sudbury River Advisory
  • Mercury levels in Sudbury River fish prompts the
    1st MDPH advisory.
  • The general public was advised not to consume any
    fish from this water body.
  • The advisory covered the length of the Sudbury
    River from Ashland, MA to its confluence with the
    Assabet and Concord Rivers.
  • Contamination thought to be related to Nyanza
    Superfund Site.

4
1994 Statewide Fish Advisory
  • Pregnant women are advised of the possible health
    risks from eating fish from Massachusetts
    freshwater bodies in order to prevent exposure of
    the developing fetus to mercury.
  • MDPH continued to recognize the substantial
    benefits of fish consumption by the general
    population.
  • The advisory did not apply to fish stocked in
    freshwater bodies by Division of Fish and
    Wildlife.

5
Mercury Studies
  • Faroe Islands Study (1999)
  • located between Iceland and Scotland.
  • High dependence on seafood based diet.
  • Low dose exposure to pregnant women.
  • Health effects observed in their children.
  • New Zealand Study
  • (1989)
  • Seafood based diet.
  • Low dose exposure to pregnant women.
  • Health effects observed in their children.
  • Children exhibited effects years after exposure
    ended.

6
Mercury Low Dose Health Effects
  • The fetus is much more sensitive than the adult.
    Health effects in children include
  • I.Q. deficits
  • Delayed developmental milestones
  • Impaired motor function
  • Attention and behavioral problems
  • Decreased visuospatial performance

7
Mercury in Fish in Massachusetts
8
Focus on the Merrimack Valley
  • Subsistence fishing, especially among immigrant
    and minority populations.
  • Focus on subsistence fishers and their families.
  • Grand Rounds at the Community Health Centers
    physicians, nurses, health educators.
  • Focus group meetings with immigrant and minority
    residents.
  • Outreach to local health departments.

9
2001 Expanded Fish Advisory
  • Expanded 1994 Statewide Advisory to include women
    of childbearing age, nursing mothers and children
    under 12 years old.
  • Includes marine fish listed in recently released
    FDA advisory shark, swordfish, king mackerel,
    tilefish
  • Massachusetts advisory includes tuna steak and
    advice on canned tuna.

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Planned Follow-up Outreach Activities
  • Mailings to community health centers, local
    health officials and health care providers.
  • Coordination with WIC program.
  • Grand Round programs at Massachusetts hospitals
    with a focus on OB/GYN and pediatricians.
  • Coordination with various media outlets.
  • Various advertising initiatives (e.g. MBTA)
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