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Water Crisis Dominates Discussion At Kanawha Health Board Meeting

Reported: Jan. 17, 2014 9:37 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Latasha Hughes) -- The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department had a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, but as you can imagine, the chemical spill was at the top of the agenda.

The department discussed the challenges the school system is facing. The health department said they are keeping schools in Kanawha County closed just as a precaution, and because at any given time, there's about 100 pregnant students in school, and pregnant women are being advised not to drink the water.

The issue of whether or not children and the elderly should be drinking the water also was raised. Health officials advised to use your own judgment.

Only one person from the public came to the meeting. He actually called the Centers for Disease Control himself, to ask them to re-evaluate the safety of the water.

"It's not hard to find cases where people are being harmed by the water,” Jeremy Parsons said. “You know, there's gi problems, skin irritations, eye irritations -- it's everywhere out there. Just the fact they're telling everyone it's safe, and it's obviously not. I feel like everybody needs to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation."

Parsons did receive an email from the CDC Thursday. He said they basically referred him back to local agencies to answer his questions.



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