IAEA: Japan recommended Iodine for residents near plant

By REUTERS
March 19, 2011 09:05

VIENNA - Japanese authorities have recommended that people leaving the area near a crippled nuclear power plant should ingest iodine, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Saturday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cited a March 16 recommendation from Japan's Nuclear Safety Commission to local authorities.

Iodine can be used as a precautionary measure to help protect against thyroid cancer in the case of radioactive exposure in a nuclear accident.


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