E Minamata disease Q&A

2. Medicine

Q3: Will all patients die of Minamata disease?

A3: The severely-affected patient may die, but not all patients will die of Minamata disease.

There is wide variation of symptoms from mild to severe in Minamata disease as well as other diseases.
Some of the patients who developed in mid-1950s had severe symptoms and died within a few weeks after showing the symptoms.
As of the end of March 2001, 1,171 certified Minamata disease patients are alive.