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Mercury is a chemical element that is a liquid at room temperature. Mercury has been used in thermometers, barometers, manometers and other scientific apparatuses. Mercury is also used in electrical switches and thermostats, and can be found in fluorescent light tube and mercury vapor lights.
The most common types of mercury exposure are absorption and inhalation of mercury vapors. Low exposures of mercury can cause muscle atrophy, nervousness, tremors and insomnia. Higher levels of exposure can cause severe damage to the nervous system, damage to the gastrointestinal system and damage to the kidneys.
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