Public Water Supply, Charleston, West Virginia and Self-Reporting Households about Contamination

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Article courtesy of Charles P. Schade, Nasandra Wright, Rahul Gupta, David A. Latif, Ayan Jha, John Robinson | May 7, 2015 | PLOS | Shared as educational material

A January 2014 industrial spill contaminated the public water supply of Charleston, West Virginia. A survey in Charleston indicated that the spill had major economic impacts in the affected communities with a substantial number of individuals self-reporting incident-related illnesses, mostly dermatological and gastrointestinal, and psychological distress. The survey also concluded that authorities successfully supplied emergency drinking water. But authorities were not as successful in communicating risk. Read more here:

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