It was dioxin
Well, it's final. Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin. According to an article describing a high exposure to dioxin to residents of an Italian town, dioxin poisoning symptoms included the severe skin reaction called chloracne and affects on liver and liver enzyme levels. Ultimately the effects were reversible and of no consequence to long term health. There is no scientific consensus based on current human evidence to demonstrate that dioxins are human carcinogens. Let's hope that's the case and Yushchenko recovers his health completely to serve his full term. Here's the latest from My Way News:
Doctors: Yushchenko Poisoned With Dioxin
Dec 11, 9:50 AM (ET)
By SUSANNA LOOF
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Dioxin poisoning caused the mysterious illness of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, a doctor said Saturday, adding that the poison could have been put in his soup.
"There is no doubt about the fact that Mr. Yushchenko's disease has been caused by a case of poisoning by dioxin," said Dr. Michael Zimpfer, director of Vienna's private Rudolfinerhaus clinic.
Zimpfer said Yushchenko's blood and tissue registered concentrations of dioxin - one of the most toxic chemicals - that were 1,000 times above normal levels.
"It would be quite easy to administer this amount in a soup," Zimpfer said, adding that tests showed the dioxin was taken orally. "There is suspicion of third party involvement."
Tests run over the past 24 hours provided conclusive evidence of the poisoning, Zimpfer said.
He is now in "satisfactory" condition and his dioxin levels have returned to normal, Zimpfer said.