Traces of radiation have been found in additional sites in London. It appears that Litvinenko left a trail of radiation everywhere he went:
LONDON (Reuters) – Traces of radiation have been found at several more sites in London during investigations into the death of a former KGB spy last week, British Home Secretary John Reid said on Monday.
Reid told parliament that indications of radiation had been found at “several other premises” in addition to Alexander Litvinenko’s home and at a hotel and restaurant he visited on November 1, the day he fell ill. But Reid said there was no need for public alarm.
Litvinenko died last week, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of murdering him, and significant amounts of highly radioactive polonium-210 were found in his body. Russia strongly denies involvement.
The poor guy. He must have really suffered in his last hours. I can’t even imagine what radiation poisoning of that level must have been like.
The AP reports that three people who came into close contact with Litvinenko need to get tested for radiation poisoning:
Radiological testing has been ordered for three people who may have come into contact with the poison that killed a former KGB agent turned Kremlin critic, health officials said Monday, as the government opened a formal inquest into his death.
Traces of radiation were found at two restaurants and the home of the ex-spy, Alexander Litvinenko. Health officials, however, said there was no immediate public health danger.
Hundreds who went to the Millennium Hotel or Itsu Sushi _ or came into contact with Litvinenko in the past month_ called a health hotline after the former’s spy death on Thursday, but only 18 people were referred to the Health Protection Agency. Out of those 18, three exhibited symptoms that health officials thought should be examined at a special clinic as a precaution, said Katherine Lewis, a spokeswoman for the agency. She refused to elaborate.
Health officials will test the urine of the three _ none of whom were health workers who treated Litvinenko, Lewis said. The tests should take about a week.
I don’t even like considering the horrible consequences, but just imagine the panic that would ensue if terrorists got a hold of polonium-210 and released it in multiple locations.