Tests urged for mercury poisoning
Six decades after Minamata disease mercury poisoning was first discovered, victims are demanding tests for food toxicity and illnesses be carried out to help identify patients. Minamata disease, one of Japan’s worst environmental disasters, refers to mercury poisoning from eating fish and shellfish. Thousands of people were sickened or crippled by neurological disorders from the mercury leaks into Minamata Bay, which continued for more than a decade. Affected babies were born with severe deformities.