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State advises residents: Do Not Take Potassium iodide


Minor Increase in Radiation Levels Poses No Public Health Threat

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health advises residents that there is no need to purchase or take potassium iodide (KI) because of the on-going nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, and the recently reported minor increase in radiation levels in Tennessee. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission also has issued guidance stating that taking KI is not recommended. KI is given to people who are exposed to certain types of radioactivity.

“There is no reason for Tennesseans to purchase or take potassium iodide,” said Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper, MSN, RN. “The state has a supply of KI, but only to be used if there is an emergency or a risk of harm to Tennesseans. There is neither a cause of concern nor a risk to public or individual health. The state epidemiologist will recommend use of potassium iodide for residents if ever the need occurs.” «Read the rest of this article»

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