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Mystery in Ukraine: Children Going Bald

November 07, 1988|Associated Press

MOSCOW — Experts are baffled by a mysterious ailment that is causing dozens of children in a Ukrainian town to go bald.

Residents are beginning to panic, the newspaper Socialist Industry reported Sunday. Soviet media say at least 82 children have been affected. The reports say the children--infants to those aged 15--have suffered no other unusual effects.

The town, Chernovtsy, is near the Romanian border, about 200 miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Areas downwind from the plant suffered some radiation contamination after the 1986 explosion and fire at Chernobyl.

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