Minimata disease


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A disease caused by consumption of fish and shellfish contaminated with organic methylmercury—inorganic mercury, a major teratogen discharged into nearby rivers by industrial plants that produce acetaldehyde, using mercury as a catalyst

Minimata disease

An epidemic of neurological disorders that occurred in Minimata, Japan, in 1953–56, and was eventually shown to be caused by MERCURY POISONING from contact with the effluent from a PVC factory.
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Harada said his findings show that "chronic Minimata disease can occur due to long-term mercury poisoning even though the level (in hair) is not above the recommended safe level.
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