WHO finds Japan radiation spread localized, no immediate threat

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Posted: Mar 18, 2011 3:05 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - The World Health Organization believes the spread of radiation from a quake-crippled nuclear plant in Japan remains localized and does not pose an immediate risk to human health, Michael O'Leary, the China representative of WHO said on Friday.

Japan has been battling to bring under control the overheating Fukushima nuclear plant battered by a massive earthquake and tsunami last week. Officials fear a major breakout of radioactive pollution from the plant could pose a serious health risk, and China and other nearby countries have stepped up monitoring of radiation levels.

(Reporting by Sui-Lee Wee, Editing by Ken Wills)