E Minamata disease Q&A

1. Outbreak & Cause

Q6: How many Minamata disease patients are there?

A6: There have been approximately 3,000 certified patients in Kumamoto, Kagoshima and Niigata prefectures.

Commentary:
Officially certified patients totaled 2,265 in both Kumamoto and Kagoshima, while the total was 690 in Niigata as of the end of March 2001.
Among them, 1,784 already died. In addition, there are 10,072 people in Kumamoto, Kagoshima and Niigata as of the end of Feb 2001 with applicable conditions such as sensory disorders or a high consumption of marine products who are provided individual payments of medical expenses and a medical allowance.