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High radioactivity found in Japan nuclear workers

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AFP
May 30, 2011

TOKYO — Two workers from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant have been contaminated by high levels of radioactive iodine, the operator said Monday, prompting fears over their long-term health.

The workers, reportedly men in their 30s and 40s, may have already been exposed to radiation levels higher than the recently boosted official annual limit, Japanese media suggested.

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it had been measuring the internal exposure to radiation of all employees involved in emergency work at the Fukushima Daiichi plant crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Internal exposure occurs when people take radioactive substances into their bodies through tainted air or food and drink.

The company notified the governmental atomic energy agency of the possible problem and the agency confirmed that “the thyroid glands of two male employees showed high levels of radiation (iodine-131)”, TEPCO said in a statement.

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