6 people detained in theft of radioactive material released from Mexican hospital

  • Article by: ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 6, 2013 - 8:25 PM

MEXICO CITY — Six people tested for possible radiation exposure have been released from hospital but remain under detention as suspects in the theft of a truck carrying highly radioactive cobalt-60, officials said Friday.

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lindsaytDec. 6, 13 1:48 PM

That would be 3,000 curies. I'm guessing that 3,000 curries would be more likely to cause a GI problem than radiation poisoning.

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vengeance712Dec. 6, 13 2:10 PM

Mexico, more than Iran/Iraq/China, etc, scares me

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SqUaReD80Dec. 6, 13 2:21 PM

Oh, Mexico. Yet another reason you can't have nice things. Not even an NBA game.

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sadsadsadDec. 6, 13 2:30 PM

So, this must be the people who stole the truck and didn't know what was in it? Surprise.

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wingknutDec. 6, 13 2:33 PM

How are hospital workers and other patients protected then from this radiation exposure?

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fatredneckDec. 6, 13 3:08 PM

...they were irradiated, not contaminated. As noted in the article, people that were not directly exposed are not affected.

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boogerbabyDec. 6, 13 4:28 PM

If they were caught in the US they would have already been released into the streets to continue their crime spree.

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benedict636Dec. 6, 13 4:58 PM

fatredneck is right. Radiation is electromagnetic waves of high frequency. Light is a lower frequency band, when you turn off the light you are in the dark, no light, just like there is no radiation. That is why we should put a stop to food transmitted infections, by radiating food. That would not make the food radioactive, but kill the bugs and so save lives and reduce morbidity.

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notsidDec. 6, 13 6:05 PM

The big dummies will enjoy the fruits of their labor and kind of just waste away rather quickly. Kind of hilarious in a way!

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brianstrDec. 6, 13 6:48 PM

Hilarious? How so?

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