Blood of Brazil rescue workers shows high levels of metals

2019-02-21 10:08
A fireman rescues a dog that was trapped in the mud that swept through the village of Bento Rodrigues in Brazil. (File, AFP)

A fireman rescues a dog that was trapped in the mud that swept through the village of Bento Rodrigues in Brazil. (File, AFP)

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Officials in Brazil say that blood and urine tests conducted on firefighters searching through muddy mine waste for missing people after a dam collapse show high levels of potentially toxic metals.

The Minas Gerais state government said in a statement on Wednesday that the tests showed "higher than recommended" levels of aluminum and copper, though no signs of "acute intoxication".

The mine collapse in January sent muddy tailings sweeping through the city of Brumadinho, killing at least 166 people, with 180 still listed as missing.

Officials didn't specify how many firefighters were tested and further details weren't immediately available.

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