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7. Mortality after the Chernobyl catastrophe.
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PMID:  20002047     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A detailed study reveals that 3.8-4.0% of all deaths in the contaminated territories of Ukraine and Russia from 1990 to 2004 were caused by the Chernobyl catastrophe. The lack of evidence of increased mortality in other affected countries is not proof of the absence of effects from the radioactive fallout. Since 1990, mortality among liquidators has exceeded the mortality rate in corresponding population groups. From 112,000 to 125,000 liquidators died before 2005--that is, some 15% of the 830,000 members of the Chernobyl cleanup teams. The calculations suggest that the Chernobyl catastrophe has already killed several hundred thousand human beings in a population of several hundred million that was unfortunate enough to live in territories affected by the fallout. The number of Chernobyl victims will continue to grow over many future generations.
Alexey V Yablokov
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  1181     ISSN:  1749-6632     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2009 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-16     Completed Date:  2010-01-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  192-216     Citation Subset:  IM    
Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky Prospect 33, Office 319, 119071 Moscow, Russia.
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MeSH Terms
Byelarus / epidemiology
Chernobyl Nuclear Accident*
Life Expectancy
Radiation Injuries / mortality*
Russia / epidemiology
Ukraine / epidemiology

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