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US medication for fire victims lands in south Brazil

Published on Feb 3, 2013 6:02 AM
 
A woman shows old pictures of her son, who died at the fire of the Boate Kiss nightclub, at her house in the southern city of Santa Maria, 301km west of the state capital Porto Alegre, Jan 30, 2013. Some 140 medical kits flown in from the United States arrived in Brazil Saturday to treat survivors of the deadly disco fire who were exposed to dangerous fumes, authorities said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (AFP) - Some 140 medical kits flown in from the United States arrived in Brazil Saturday to treat survivors of the deadly disco fire who were exposed to dangerous fumes, authorities said.

The medication, called Cyanokit, was requested by the Brazilian health ministry to treat victims of last Sunday's fire who inhaled cyanide after the fire ignited acoustic foam insulation inside the "Kiss" nightclub.

The blaze left 236 people dead in the college town of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul state. The tragedy was a huge embarrassment for Brazil as it prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

About 20 people have been hospitalized with symptoms of what is called chemical pneumonitis. The latter term refers to inflammation of lung tissue.

 
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