Health officials warn on skin creams containing mercury

The AP reported, “The California Department of Public Health sent out a medical alert to health care professionals earlier this month, calling on them to notify the state of potential mercury poisoning cases and to ask their patients to stop using” skin-lightening creams made in Mexico.

In January, “California health officials worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to write a report” indicating that “at least 22 people in five households in California and Virginia had shared” such creams, which can give users mercury poisoning.

Now, “investigators are working with health and beauty workers in the immigrant communities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose to hunt for the skin creams in shops and at swap meets, while encouraging families to dispose of the products safely.”

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