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Nov 09, 2018 08:04 PM
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Chemical Leak Hospitalizes 52 in Fujian

A wharf affected by the chemical spill in Quanzhou, Fujian province on Nov. 7. Photo: IC
A wharf affected by the chemical spill in Quanzhou, Fujian province on Nov. 7. Photo: IC

Dozens of people are being treated for suspected exposure to leaked hydrocarbons after a petrochemical spill in southern China’s Fujian province, local authorities confirmed Thursday.

Fifty-two residents of the Quangang port area in Quanzhou city have received medical attention at Quangang hospital, with symptoms ranging from nausea to throat discomfort, after “encountering irritating gases,” the Quanzhou government said in a statement published in multiple local newspapers. One person is in intensive care after falling into contaminated water, according to the statement.

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