PACHUCA (Mexico) (AFP) - Six men were being treated Friday for radiation symptoms at a central Mexico hospital where police are holding them in connection with the theft of radioactive material, officials said. The suspects, who face charges of breaking environmental laws, are believed to have come into contact with a cancer-treating teletherapy device that contained cobalt-60, a dangerous radioactive isotope. The medical machine, which had been used in a hospital in northwestern Mexico, was being transported by truck to a radioactive waste disposal facility when the vehicle was stolen at a service station on Monday in central Hidalgo state. Federal agents first brought a 16-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man to the hospital late Thursday with symptoms including vomiting, nausea and dizziness, said Hidalgo's under secretary of health Jose Antonio Copca Garcia.
As millions of people shop online for new insurance plans under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law, about 10 percent of applications to the main website are not being accurately transmitted, a government spokeswoman said on Friday. Last week, the White House wrapped up a five-week emergency effort to fix the most obvious of the website's technical problems and between midnight on Sunday and noon on Friday, government health officials said 3.7 million people visited. HealthCare.gov relays information about new customers in so-called "834" transaction forms to the private insurance companies that provide the health plans. "We believe nine of 10 transactions are being successfully transmitted," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, spokeswoman Julie Bataille said at a news briefing.