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In Minamata, Japan there was a bad mercury release in the 50s, into the bay, resulting in Minamata disease.

"In Minamata, Japan, pregnant women who consumed the contaminated fish manifested mild or no symptoms but gave birth to infants with severe developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, and seizures."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamata,_Kumamoto

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/113/Supplement...




Does this mean that they ingested the mercury WHILE pregnant, or BEFORE they got pregnant? It's not clear from the wording.




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