• Short Summary

    SEVERAL MEMBERS OF A FAMILY IN NEW MEXICO IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY CRIPPLED AFTER EATING PORK ADULTERATED WITH MERCURY FUNGICIDE.

  • Description

    SEVERAL MEMBERS OF A FAMILY IN NEW MEXICO IN THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN PERMANENTLY CRIPPLED AFTER EATING PORK ADULTERATED WITH MERCURY FUNGICIDE.

    THE FATHER OF THE FAMILY IS A SCHOOL CARETAKER IN ALAMOGORDO, WHO RAISES PIGS IN HIS SPARE TIME. RECENTLY HE FED HIS PIGS GRAIN WHICH UNKNOWN TO HIM WAS COATED WITH A DEADLY MERCURY FUNGICIDE. THE GRAIN WAS INTENDED FOR PLANTING AND THE FUNGICIDE POISONED ANY LIVING ORGANISM WHICH ATE IT.

    ONE OF THE POISONED PIGS IS NOW BLIND AND DYING BUR A SECOND PIG WAS SLAUGHTERED AND EATER BY THE FAMILY. THE RESULT WAS A CREEPING DISEASE WHICH DOCTORS FINALLY IDENTIFIED AS MERCURY POISONING CARRIED IN THE ADULTERATED PORK.

    SOME MEMBERS OF MR. HUCKLEBERRY'S FAMILY WERE NOT AFFECTED BUT HIS 20-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER LOST HER SIGHT TEMPORARILY AND HAS ONLY RECENTLY COVERED HER POWER OF SPEECH.

    AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER IS CRITICALLY ILL AND IN A SEMI-PERMANENT COMA. DOCTORS SAY THAT IF SHE SURVIVES SHE WILL BE A VIRTUAL VEGETABLE FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE.

    THE THIRTEEN YEAR OLD SON HAS CONSTANT SCREAMING FITS WHENEVER HE WAKES FROM A COMA.

    MRS. HUCKLEBERRY HERSELF IS NOT SO FAR AFFECTED BUT FEARS FOR THE BABY WHICH SHE WILL SOON HAVE AND WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE MERCURY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABXONQ1N1ZHDMYUUATPT2ZSX0J
    Media URN:
    VLVABXONQ1N1ZHDMYUUATPT2ZSX0J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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