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Health Officials Say They Can't Definitively Tie Health Effects To Spill

Reported: Apr. 23, 2014 2:41 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 23, 2014 6:36 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP, Jeff Morris) -- Health officials said they can't definitively prove hundreds of West Virginians experienced health effects from contact with a chemical spilled into the water supply.

Symptoms in 369 medical records were consistent with studies on spilled crude MCHM. But officials said colds, flus and viruses could also have caused the ailments. Only 45 records were ruled out because of another diagnosis.

Federal toxic substance experts and the state Bureau for Public Health on Wednesday released the analysis of emergency room visits for two weeks following a Jan. 9 spill.

The symptoms -- including nausea, vomiting, rashes and sore throats -- mostly needed no treatment. Some required IVs and medication for itching or nausea.

More than half of patients said their skin was exposed, most through bathing, showering or hand washing.

The investigation of the effects from the spill was conducted by the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry.

To see the report, click here.





CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) – A new report on the effects of the Jan. 9 chemical spill has been released.

The investigation was conducted by the West Virginia Bureau of Public Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry.

To see the report, click here.



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