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Nearly 800 Call WV Poison Center After Spill

Reported: Jan. 11, 2014 11:18 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Poison Control Center has received nearly 800 calls from concerned residents since a chemical spilled in the Elk River.

The center's director, Dr. Elizabeth Scharman, says 737 calls involved possible human exposure to the chemical, while 54 were related to pets and other animals.

The center normally receives about 100 calls a day.

Scharman says some callers reported symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, diarrhea, reddened skin and rashes. She says the calls were a mix of likely spill-related symptoms, stress-related responses to the spill and unrelated conditions.

The center recommended that a handful seek treatment at hospital emergency rooms. Scharman says other callers also went to emergency rooms after contacting the center.

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