A Case of Polonium Poisoning
Dr. Alan Birchall
United Kingdom Health Protection Agency
On 23rd November 2006, Alexander Litvinenko died in a London Hospital, having
been poisoned by polonium-210. The potential for contamination of members
of the public triggered a massive Public Health Response. The Health
Protection Agency (UK) was asked to take the lead by the government, and
Dr Birchall, who lead the HPA's Internal Dosimetry team will present an overview
of this umprecendented event. The talk will be divided into looking
at the event from a chronological, organisational and personal perspective.
The main part of the talk will centre on the decisions that had to be made
concerning calculation of internal dose for all those exposed. As the
matter is still a criminal investigation, Dr Birchall will not be at liberty
to disclose certain information.