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Hundreds Report Symptoms After West Virginia Chemical Spill

Officials say nearly 800 people in West Virginia have reported symptoms after a chemical spill contaminated the water supply for nine counties. The state's poison control center director Dr. Elizabeth Scharman said, by Saturday afternoon, the state's poison control center had logged 787 human exposure calls and 54 animal exposure calls since the massive leak sparked a tap-water ban for 300,000 residents. She said many of those were from people experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, skin irritation or rashes in varying degrees of severity. The center—which called in staff from vacation, recruited volunteers and put workers on 16-hour shifts—recommended that only a few callers go to the emergency room because most of the symptoms can be treated at home.

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