Radiation tests for musician

PUBLISHED: 03:28 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:20 24 May 2010

A WESTON man was one of the first three people to be tested for radiation poisoning after visiting the same hotel as former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko

A WESTON man was one of the first three people to be tested for radiation poisoning after visiting the same hotel as former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. Jonathan Manners, aged 27, of Brean Down Avenue, was at a charity ball in the Millennium Hotel in London on the same day as Mr Litvinenko, whose death recently has been linked to the presence of a 'major dose' of radioactive polonium-210 in his body.Mr Manners began vomiting and developing flu-like symptoms on Sunday. He said he also began losing his chest hair.He called NHS Direct and was put straight through to a Government doctor. Mr Manners was one of the first eight people in the country to be tested following Litvinenko's death.He said: "I presented myself to the University College Hospital and the doctors there took me straight into intensive care. The doctors were all wearing what looked like space suits with full protective gear. I was absolutely petrified because I had cancer earlier this year."I was thinking of all the people I'd been in contact with since I'd been to the hotel."I was given the all clear but as you can imagine, it was quite a shock, it was like something out of the TV series 24."Former KGB agent Litvinenko is thought to have been poisoned and police are investigating two meetings he had the day before he became ill, one at the Millennium Hotel and one at the Itsu sushi restaurant in London's Piccadilly. Radioactive traces were found at both venues and anyone who visited the Pine Bar in the hotel or the Itsu restaurant on November 1 is being urged to contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.Mr Manners, a professional musician, had been in London launching his new CD to raise money for Cancer Research.Last week, British Airways said it is trying to contact 33,000 passengers and 3,000 staff after it was revealed that traces of a radioactive substance were discovered on board two Boeing 737 planes. A third plane was grounded in Moscow.The planes had flown people from London to Moscow, Athens, Barcelona, Dusseldorf, Larnaca, Stockholm, Warsaw, Frankfurt, Istanbul and Madrid.

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