Tests urged for mer­cury poi­son­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

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.

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