"Japanese Monkeys' Abnormal Blood Linked To Fukushima Disaster – Study"

"Primates in Fukushima region found to have low white and red blood cell levels and radioactive caesium"

"Wild monkeys in the Fukushima region of Japan have blood abnormalities linked to the radioactive fall-out from the 2011 nuclear power plant disaster, according to a new scientific study that may help increase the understanding of radiation on human health.

The Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) were found to have low white and red blood cell levels and low haemoglobin, which the researchers say could make them more prone to infectious diseases.

But critics of the study say the link between the abnormal blood tests and the radiation exposure of the monkeys remains unproven and that the radiation doses may have been too small to cause the effect."

Damian Carrington reports for the Guardian July 24, 2014.

Friday, July 25, 2014