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CDC says tainted water at Camp Lejeune Marine base connected to birth defects

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The CDC has released information about tainted water at North Carolina Marine base Camp Lejeune and the connection with birth defects.

While many have waited for years to learn the results, the CDC now has information online for everyone to consider. The following details were shared in a Charlotte Observer article:

The study concludes that babies born to mothers who drank the tap water while pregnant were four times more likely than women in similar circumstances who did not consume the water to have such serious birth defects as spina bifida. Babies whose mothers were exposed also had a slightly elevated risk of such childhood cancers as leukemia, according to the results.

The information from the CDC Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry shows wells that were contaminated with chemicals from a dry cleaner and a leaky fuel depot were in operation until 1985.

One may wonder why it would take the length of time it did to determine that birth defects were caused by the tainted water.

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