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WHO urges continuing vigilance over Japanese nuclear disaster but no new countermeasures

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2491 (Published 15 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2491
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

No new public health countermeasures are needed as a result of the increase in the rating of the severity of the situation at the Fukushima nuclear power station, a senior World Health Organization official has said, but she cautioned that the situation is constantly evolving and requires vigilance.

Maria Neira, WHO’s chief for health and the environment, told reporters on 13 April that existing measures should continue, including the relocation of certain populations, the intake of potassium iodide pills by certain groups of people, and some restrictions on food.

On 12 April the …

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