The radiological accident in Yanango

A serious radiological accident occurred in Peru in February 1999 when a welder picked up an Ir-192 radioactive source and put it in his pocket for several hours. This resulted in his receiving a high radiation dose that necessitated the amputation of one leg. His wife and children were also exposed, but to a much lesser extent.


The Peruvian authorities requested assistance from the IAEA in obtaining advice on medical treatment. They also agreed to assist the IAEA with the subsequent review of the circumstances surrounding the accident.

You may read the full IAEA report here

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