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University Of Iowa Burn Center Warns Of Fertilizer Danger

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Doctors at the University of Iowa Burn Treatment Center say they are worried by a spike in injuries from anhydrous ammonia, a chemical used to fertilize corn crops.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports the center usually sees one or two cases of burns in a year. In 2014, there have been at least five cases in a matter of weeks.

Medical personnel say there's no clear reason for the jump in cases, which have been farm- or industrial-related accidents. Officials say people familiar with the chemical can sometimes become lax with following safety precautions.

Alice Fagin, a surgeon at the UI burn center, says people need to be careful with the fertilizer.

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