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Leukemia rates rise in Basra
A study in Basra has shown that childhood rates of leukemia have doubled in the last 15 years.
698 cases were documented during that period, with a peak of 211 in 2006. The causes are not known for sure. However, Basra has suffered from major military action in three wars during that period – and there are many oil fields in the area too. It is suspected that the byproducts of petroleum fires, war-related nerve agents, pesticides and depleted uranium munitions may have had a savage effect on the health of young people in the area.
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