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Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 35–38 | Cite as

Minamata disease: A 1989 update on the mercury poisoning epidemic in Japan

  • Ffion C. W. Davies
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Abstract

Minamata disease first became evident in Japan in 1956 and was caused by methyl mercury exposure. Over 20,000 people are now thought to have been affected. This article compares the situation immediately following the initial discovery with that now prevalent.

Keywords

Japan Mercury Geochemistry Initial Discovery Mercury Exposure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ffion C. W. Davies
    • 1
  1. 1.Leicester Royal InfirmaryLeicesterEngland

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