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Former spy's death causes public health alert

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1137
  1. Michael Day
  1. 1London

The death of the former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, linked to radiation poisoning, has caused a public health alert in London.

After the discovery of highly dangerous radioactive polonium-210 in the dead man's body, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) called on anyone who visited the same places as Mr Litvinenko on 1 November to contact NHS Direct.

The HPA said that more than 450 people had called the helpline and that details of 18 people had been passed on to them.

As the BMJ went to press it emerged that three of the 18 were having tests at an …

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