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W.Va. Health Department Advises Pregnant Women Drink Bottled Water


The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, based on a letter sent to Secretary Karen Bowling from the CDC, is advising pregnant women in the West Virginia American Water service area affected by last week’s chemical spill in the Elk River to drink bottled water.

A news release says the Health Department consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CDC recommends pregnant women continue drinking bottled water until there are no longer detectable levels of the chemical in the water distribution system.

However,  the CDC did re-affirm previous advice that it does not anticipate any adverse health effects from levels less than 1 ppm.

The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health–in conjunction with the CDC–has also issued a FAQ for the consumption of water by pregnant women.

The Health Department also released the following letter from the CDC: