Letter: Nuclear weapons are another post-communist health hazard BMJ Volume 331, p 237
Nuclear weapons in various European countries, particularly Russia, pose a serious threat to health, argues a letter in this weeks BMJ.
Recent estimates are that Russia alone has 7,800 operational nuclear warheads - some of which are on high alert status says Nick Wilson, a public health lecturer and member of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. Their continued presence means that accidental explosion or missile launch is always a threat. There is also a risk of nuclear weapon materials being stolen or sold on to terrorists, he argues.
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