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Tainted tap water linked to birth defects, cancer

Updated: Friday, December 6 2013, 11:53 AM EST

North Carolina (AP) - A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a link between tainted tap water at a Marine base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.

The study concludes that babies born at Camp Lejeune to mothers who drank the tap water while pregnant were four times more likely than normal to have serious birth defects such as spinal bifida.

Babies whose mothers were exposed also had an elevated risk of such childhood cancers, such as leukemia.

The study was performed between 1968 and 1985, the same year the contaminated wells were closed.

Tainted tap water linked to birth defects, cancer


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