Methylmercury risk and awareness among American Indian women of childbearing age living on an inland northwest reservation

Author Name: 
Kuntz, S. W., Hill, W. G., Linkenbach, J. W., Lande, G. and Larsson, L.
Publication Date: 
Thursday, January 1, 2009
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Description: 
The purpose of this study was to examine fish consumption, advisory awareness, and risk communication preferences among American Indian women of childbearing age living on an inland Northwest reservation. . In addition, a serendipitous discovery indicated that an unanticipated route of exposure may be fish provided from a local food bank resulting from sportsman’s donations. The majority of women (80%) were unaware of tribal or state fish advisory messages; the most favorable risk communication preference was information coming from doctors or healthcare providers (78%). Since the population consumes fish and has access to locally caught potentially contaminated fish, a biomonitoring study to determine actual exposure is warranted.