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US sending treatment for Brazil fire victims -source

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 1 Feb 2013 20:32 GMT
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SAO PAULO, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. government is urgently shipping treatment kits for survivors of this week's nightclub fire in southern Brazil, many of whom inhaled cyanide and are suffering from its effects, a source told Reuters on Friday.

Officials say that 119 people remain hospitalized from Sunday's fire. Brazilian doctors have said cyanide was among the chemicals produced when fire consumed the soundproofing foam on the club's ceiling.

The cyanide-treatment kits, which are not available in Brazil, were urgently requested by Brazil's Health Ministry and are scheduled to arrive on a commercial flight via Miami on Saturday morning, the source said on condition of anomymity. (Reporting by Brian Winter; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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