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CDC says water at North Carolina Marine base linked to birth defects, childhood cancer

December 6th, 2013 11:58 am by Associated Press

CDC says water at North Carolina Marine base linked to birth defects, childhood cancer

RALEIGH, N.C. — A long-awaited study by the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention confirms a link between tainted tap water
at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of
serious birth defects and childhood cancers.


The study released late Thursday by the CDC's Agency for Toxic
Substances & Disease Registry surveyed the parents of 12,598
children born at Camp Lejeune between 1968 and 1985, the year
drinking-water wells contaminated with chemicals from a leaky fuel depot
and a dry cleaner were closed.


The study concludes that babies born to mothers who drank the tap
water while pregnant were four times more likely than normal to have
such serious birth defects as spinal bifida. Babies whose mothers were
exposed also had an elevated risk of such childhood cancers as leukemia.


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