Thirteen people contaminated in radiation incident on Harborview campus

Thirteen people contaminated in radiation incident on Harborview campus

Thirteen people were contaminated by radioactive material at the University of Washington research facility Thursday night, while attempting to remove an irradiator from service.

Two radioactive material inspectors, law enforcement officers, and several workers were in the process of moving the device on the Harborview Medical Center campus when the leak was detected.

According to the Washington Department of Health, the leak, radioactive material Cesium-137, was detected while in a controlled worksite, and none was released into the public.

Upon the arrival of the Seattle Fire Department, ten of the workers were sent to the hospital for testing. All people involved have since been decontaminated and released.

The Department of Health and the University of Washington are currently investigating the incident.

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