CDC finishes West Virginia trip to discuss health monitoring after Jan. chemical spill

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Federal health officials have finished a three-day Charleston visit to discuss medical monitoring options after a January chemical spill contaminated water supplies to 300,000 people.

State health officials say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be directed at the specific population exposed or focus on a specific event. It will monitor the state's overall health indicators.

Officials say they are weeks to a month from deciding their tracking plans.

The spill spurred a tap-water ban for days.

Hundreds of people went to the emergency room in the two weeks after the spill, many after a tap-water ban was lifted. Some symptoms were rashes, nausea, vomiting and itching.

The visit follows a July commitment that the National Toxicology Program will spend $750,000 to $1.2 million on additional studies.

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