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Gas leak sends scores of workers to hospital in Brazil

January 23, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) — Officials say a sulfur dioxide gas leak in an industrial hub in southeastern Brazil has sent scores of workers to the hospital.

The Environmental Sanitation Technology Company of Sao Paulo state says in a statement it is trying to detect the source of the leak that took place Friday morning in the city of Cubatao, some 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Sao Paulo.

About 80 people who inhaled the gas were treated at the city’s hospitals. Most complained of eye, nose and throat irritations.

Fertilizer plants, cement factories, a steel plant and a petroleum refinery are among the industries located in Cubatao.

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