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    GROZNY, December 21 (RIA Novosti) - The number of Chechen residents poisoned by an unidentified substance has reached 63 people, many of whom are children, a local healthcare official said Wednesday.

    "Fifty-five people with symptoms of severe poisoning have been hospitalized," Umar Akhyadov said, adding that 45 of them were children.

    The victims are residents of four settlements in the Shelkovsky district of Chechnya.

    Medical personnel are still attempting to establish the cause of poisoning, the official said.

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