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LE TEMPS(Switzerland)

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BASEL - The nuclear accident of Fukushima is already leading to a surge in the number of cases of thyroid cancer, according to research being presented this week in Switzerland by Japanese scientist Toshihide Tsuda.

The Swiss daily Le Temps reports that Tsuda, professor of environmental epidemiology at the University of Okayama, said his tests show the annual incidence of thyroid cancer among those 18-years-old and younger in the Fukushima area to be 157 per one million, more than 31 times superior to the national average of five per million.

These numbers, presented in the Swiss city of Basel, show a stronger and faster evolution than that after the Chernobyl incident in the Soviet Union in 1986 and, Tsuda believes, are only the first signs of a wider health catastrophe.

The Japanese nuclear agency announced Wednesday that it had upgraded the severity level of a radioactive water leak at the Fukushima plant to the highest level since the accident occurred in 2011.[rebelmouse-image 27087316 alt="""" original_size="640x480" expand=1]

(Fukushima plant before the 2011 accident - Wikipedia)

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