Minamata disease (Japanese: 水俣病? Hepburn: Minamata-byō), sometimes referred to as Chisso-Minamata disease (チッソ水俣病? Chisso-Minamata-byō), is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. Symptoms include ataxia, numbness in the hands and feet, general muscle weakness, loss of peripheral vision, and damage to hearing and speech. In extreme cases, insanity, paralysis, coma, and death follow within weeks of the onset of symptoms. A congenital form of the disease can also affect fetuses in the womb. Even pets were severely affected with this disease coining the term ” Dancing Cat Disease” wherein the body of the victim experiences uncontrolled spasmodic muscle contractions. Take into account, that the death of cats, dogs and pigs continued 35 years after the initial onslaught until government agencies did anything to control the pollution.
This could be happening today in remote South and Central American communities, native tribes and indigent neighbourhoods in close proximity to mining operations, linking the disease to folklore or legends instead of a valid scientific study. This in part is the reason why many governments maintain a poverty level especially in third world or developing countries shielded from Western technology and factual information. Time has always been an ingredient for coverups. Fact: A settlement was only arrived at on March 29, 2010 for the victims of Minanmata disease, almost 50 years after the original outbreak of the disease happened. At this time, most of the victims have already passed away or given up hope in persuing their case with the corporation. WE don’t want this scenario happening in the modern day world. It is imperative that everyone knows that the shark, sailfish, tuna, whale, ray and dolphin meat we consume is laced with Methylmercury.
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