Ultima Thule

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Saturday, December 11, 2004

It was dioxin

By Aussiegirl

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)

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.


At 7:36 PM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

It`s amazing-they tried to kill the guy with Dioxin! Yech, what a terrible thing to do! Dioxin poisoning is nasty. (St. Louis is home to the infamous Times Beach, home of the worst Dioxin contamination on Earth so I know from whence I speak.) Why in the world didn`t they just use arsenic or something? It would have been faster and more certain.

As always, Aussiegirl, you are on the cutting edge!


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