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Friday, 20 September 2013

More Fukushima plant workers show health problems


The health ministry says the percentage of workers who have health issues in their physical exams has increased at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and nearby locations.
The ministry for the first time analyzed the results of physicals reported to a labor standards inspection office which has jurisdiction over 2 nuclear plants in Fukushima.

Some 6,700 people engaged in radiation-related work for 545 work units in the region took special physicals last year. Most of them are believed to be plant workers.

The health ministry officials say that 284 of them, or 4.21% of the employees in the area, showed unhealthy medical readings, such as higher white blood cell counts.
The ministry says it's not easy to simply compare the results since the work units have seen 70% of their employees replaced over the past 3 years.
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