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In 1956, people in the Japanese town of Minamata began to notice their cats jumping uncontrollably and staggering around as if drunk. Soon some of Minamata’s people became ill, unable to walk straight. Dancing cat fever was quickly connected to the release of methylmercury in the wastewater of a local chemical factory. Cat, dog, pig and human deaths continued for 36 years and dancing cat fever eventually killed over 2,200 people.
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