Minimata disease


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Minimata disease

[‚min·ē′mäd·ə di‚zēz]
(medicine)
A disorder resulting from methyl mercury poisoning, which occurred in epidemic proportions in 1956 in Minimata Bay, a Japanese coastal town, where the inhabitants ate fish contaminated by industrial pollution; the most obvious symptoms are tremors and involuntary movements.
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Canada has never admitted that Minimata disease occurred in Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong.
If so, do they suffer from a particular, distinctive set of recurring symptoms (such as mercury-induced "Minimata disease" in 1950s Japan), or do they instead complain of a wide assortment of common ailments?
Reed Paper Knowing that mercury is poisonous, this company poured ten tonnes of it into the river systems, causing enormous ecological and economic damage to Native communities' environments and inflicting minimata disease upon many people.
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