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    INTRODUCTION: More than a hundred children have been taken to a seaside resort in Italy for tests to determine the effects of the toxic chemical explosion in Seveso last July.

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    INTRODUCTION: More than a hundred children have been taken to a seaside resort in Italy for tests to determine the effects of the toxic chemical explosion in Seveso last July.

    SYNOPSIS: The children have been taken to Loano, near Genoa, where they're undergoing extensive medical examinations. It was discovered only recently that an estimated 300 children from Seveso and its surrounding area are suffering from chloracne, a severe skin disorder believed to have been caused by the poisonous dioxin gas released during the explosion.

    It's not known how long the children will stay in Loano, but their normal schooling continues while the tests are being made.

    Doctors say chloracne isn't a disease - it's an alarm signal for the presence of dioxin inhuman organs. Several cases result in blown-up faces, swollen eyes, and sores on faces and bodies. The children most affected lived close to the factory and they ate fruits and vegetables from their gardens before the area was closed.

    The doctors say they're particularly worried about any affect on the children when they grow up and have families. They're concerned about any change in their genes.

    The latest outbreak of chloracne is being blamed on a lack of security measures. In an immediate response, the regional government has decided to sent more troops into the 800 acres (323 hectares) disaster area, at present guarded by only 15 soldiers at six posts. No cause has yet been found for the explosion at the Swiss-owned Icmesa factory, despite a long investigation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADFO6XKXG2ZH0OKVXS5Z7J05M5
    Media URN:
    VLVADFO6XKXG2ZH0OKVXS5Z7J05M5
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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