Eleventh Hour

Season 1 Episode 14

Minamata

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Feb 19, 2009 on CBS

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    • Minamata disease is a neurological syndrome caused by severe mercury poisoning. Its symptoms are numbness in hands and feet, muscle weakness and narrowing of the field of vision. It was first discovered in Minamata City, Japan in 1956. It was caused by the release of methyl mercury by a chemical factory. The metal accumulated in the fish and shellfish in Minamata Bay and when it was eaten by the locals it resulted in mercury poisoning. More than 1,700 people died.

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