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Updated Statement from the Oklahoma State Department of Health: March 18, 2011

Oklahoma State Department of Health Continues to Monitor Japan Radiation Situation; Officials Discourage Taking Potassium Iodide (KI)

Officials with the Oklahoma State Department of Health continue to monitor the situation in Japan and do not anticipate any ill effects in the state as a result of the ongoing nuclear crisis.  There is no increased risk of harmful radiation in the United States based on the current situation in Japan according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

In addition, while many people in Japan who are in close proximity to the nuclear reactors may be advised to take potassium iodide (KI) pills, it is not recommended as a precautionary measure in Oklahoma.  While usually benign, potassium iodide can produce severe side effects in some people and should only be used in a specific emergency if there is an immediate danger of exposure to radioactive iodine.

All Oklahomans are reminded to prepare a basic emergency kit to respond to any type of disaster.  For more information visit: http://www.ok.gov/health/Disease,_Prevention,_Preparedness/Emergency_Preparedness_and_Response/Preparedness/index.html

State officials continue to closely monitor the crisis in Japan and will notify the public immediately if the situation changes.

For more information:

EPA: www.epa.gov/japan2011 - NEW!

FDA: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm247403.htm - NEW!

Remarks by President Obama:  http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/OOC-RemarksbyPresidentObama.pdf

US Government Response: http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/OOC-DomesticResponsetoJapan.pdf

U.S. Embassy website, http://japan.usembassy.gov<http://japan.usembassy.gov/

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Statement on Japanese Nuclear Power Plants: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2011/11-046.pdf

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Talking Points:http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/OOC-Nuclear Regulatory Commission Talking Points.pdf

Radiation and Potassium Iodide Fact Sheet: http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/OOC-HHSKI.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Public Health Questions on the Radiation Emergency in Japan http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/OOC_CDCKeyMessages_States.pdf

Food and Drug Administration: Questions About Food Safety and Medical Products  http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm247403.htm

Statement from the Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/OOC-Statement from the Environmental Protection Agency.pdf

EPA RadNet Precipitation Results: http://www.epa.gov/japan2011/docs/rert/radnet-precipitation-final.pdf

US Customs and Border Fact Sheet:http://www.ok.gov/health/documents/OOC-USCustomsandBorderFactSheet.pdf

FEMA National Response: http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nrf/index.htm

Radiation Contamination and Exposure:  
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/contamination.asp.

General Information About Radiation: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/aboutradiation.asp.

Fact Sheets About Radiation:
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/radiation/factsheets.asp.

Be Prepared: Building Your Family’s Emergency Plan: http://ready.adcouncil.org/beprepared/fep/index.jsp

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