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Debris from downed jet does not pose health threat



Mark Roberts
Lighthouse staff

 COUNTY - Debris from Swissair Flight 111 does not pose a threat to human health, says provincial medical health officer Dr. Jeff Scott.

 "The only areas I would keep away from is the exclusion zone, which has a little bit of beach." This isn't a health issue, however, he says. He doesn't want people to interfere with the ongoing search effort.

 Otherwise, he says, it is safe for residents to return to area beaches. "They're doing an extensive search and as time passes things are getting back to normal. If people do run into something, they should report it to the RCMP."

 A question and answer sheet he provided states inadvertent contact with human remains does not pose a health threat. "However, you should wash immediately with antibacterial soap after direct contact."

 For clothing, hot water, bleach in small amounts and normal amounts of laundry soap should be used. Fuel and other materials on the water do not pose a health hazard because they are diluted by the sea. Also, the fact sheet states, no chemicals have been detected in fish, shellfish and lobster taken from the area.


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