25 Febbraio 2014
30% of 1995 sarin attack survivors may be suffering PTSD, survey finds
Nearly 30 percent of people injured in the March 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subway system by Aum Shinrikyo may be suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, a survey by a victim support organization showed Tuesday.
According to the survey, which was conducted between October and December last year on 299 victims, 29 percent have some symptoms indicating PTSD.
The survey also revealed that more than half of the victims still have health problems, including with eyesight.
The victims are more frequently suffering from abnormalities of the eyes and body than when a Tokyo hospital carried out examinations in 1997.
Yutaka Matsui, a professor at the University of Tsukuba who was in charge of the latest survey, said the symptoms may come from the aging process. But he also pointed to the possibility that the severity of the aftereffects of sarin gas has increased.
The sarin attack killed 13 people and injured more than 6,000 others.
FONTE: THE JAPAN TIMES