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Health Alert: Certain fish from Lake Alan Henry contain unsafe levels of mercury

By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Health Alert: Certain fish from Lake Alan Henry have tested positive for unsafe levels of mercury, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.  DSHS issued an advisory on Wednesday warning people to limit their consumption of blue catfish, crappie, flathead catfish, largemouth bass and spotted bass from Lake Alan Henry.

Adults should limit consumption of the five fish species from Alan Henry Reservoir to no more than two 8-ounce servings per month. Children under 12 years old and women who are nursing, pregnant or who may become pregnant should not consume any of the five fish species from Alan Henry Reservoir.

However, other species such as channel catfish, common carp and freshwater drum have also been tested and are not included in the advisory.

DSHS says regular ingestion of methyl mercury, can harm the human brain and nervous system.  Children and pregnant women are especially at risk.

Mercury is a naturally occurring element and DSHS says elevated levels of mercury in fish do not pose a health risk for people swimming, fishing or participating in other water recreation activities.   

City of Lubbock officials are disputing Wednesday's advisory from state officials.  (CLICK HERE) to see the City of Lubbock's response.

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