Doctor: Yushchenko Poisoned With Dioxin SUSANNA LOOF VIENNA, Austria - Dioxin poisoning caused the mysterious illness of Ukrainian presidential cand
December 10, 2004

Doctor: Yushchenko Poisoned With Dioxin

SUSANNA LOOF

VIENNA, Austria - Dioxin poisoning caused the mysterious illness of Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, a doctor said Saturday, adding that the poison could have been put in his soup.

Yushchenko is now in satisfactory condition and dioxin levels in his liver have returned to normal, Dr. Michael Zimpfer, director of Vienna's private Rudolfinerhaus clinic, said at a news conference.

A series of tests run over the past 24 hours provided conclusive evidence of the poisoning, Zimpfer said.

"There is no doubt about the fact that Mr. Yushchenko's disease — especially following the results of the blood work — has been caused by a case of poisoning by dioxin," Zimpfer said.

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