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Japan:Radioactivity in Fukushima children’s urine

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Laaska News  Nov. 5 ,2011

A medical consulting firm in Tokyo says radioactive material has been detected in the urine of 104 children in Fukushima Prefecture, the site of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

RHC JAPAN collected urine from children aged 6 or younger in Minamisoma City to check for possible internal exposure.

Those checks were done at the request of parents of preschool children. Tests being carried out by local governments only cover elementary school students and older.

Of 1,500 samples that have been analyzed so far, 7 percent contain radioactive cesium.

The levels of material detected were mostly between 20 and 30 becquerels per liter, slightly above the detection limit. The highest was 187 becquerels in the sample of a one-year-old boy. The firm says there has been no internal exposure that could affect human health.

National Institute of Radiological Sciences Director Makoto Akashi says that although those test results need verification, they do point to the possibility of internal exposure in Fukushima children.

He added that the level of internal exposure would not increase if one eats food tested for radioactivity.

NHK.

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