Minamata disease is a poisoning disease that affects mainly the central nervous system and is caused by the consumption of large quantities of fish and shellfish living in Minamata Bay and its surroundings, the major causative agent being some sort of organic mercury compound.
Also to know is, how was Minamata disease resolved?
After several rounds of civil lawsuits, the issue of legal responsibility for Minamata disease was finally resolved about half a century after its discovery in 2004, when the Japanese Supreme Court ruled that the national government and Kumamoto Prefecture were jointly responsible for the cause and spread of Minamata
Subsequently, question is, what happened at Minamata Bay?
Minamata disease Minamata Bay was heavily polluted in the 1950s and 1960s by wastewater, mixed with mercury dumped into Hyakken Harbour from the Chisso Corporation's factory in Minamata, particularly by methylmercury. The poisoning of Minamata Bay had a large impact on Japanese culture as well.
When did the Minamata Bay disaster happen?
Can Minamata disease be cured?
Minamata disease Q&A Once nerve cells die, they cannot regenerate. It is difficult to cure patients with severe nerve cell damages. Residual symptoms are treated with medication or rehabilitation. Some of them can be controlled to some extent.