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A patient at the Bragin district hospital sits in a chair for two minutes to measure the amount of cesium in his body on April 6, 2006. About 200 to 300 tests are conducted per month for most of the local residents living near the "closed zone". Despite eating vegetables, berries and mushrooms grown in contaminated soil and drinking milk from local cows, most people living in the radiation contaminated region of southern Belarus rarely suffer from ill health due to radiation poisoning.

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A patient at the Bragin district hospital sits in a chair for two minutes to measure the amount of cesium in his body on April 6, 2006. About 200 to 300 tests are conducted per month for most of the local residents living near the "closed zone". Despite eating vegetables, berries and mushrooms grown in contaminated soil and drinking milk from local cows, most people living in the radiation contaminated region of southern Belarus rarely suffer from ill health due to radiation poisoning.