W.Va. official: Patients told not to drink water

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A county health official in West Virginia says doctors are advising some patients not to drink tap water weeks after it was deemed safe from a chemical contamination.

Dr. Rahul Gupta of Kanawha and Putnam counties said Wednesday that some pediatricians are advising that children under 3 shouldn’t drink the water. Other physicians are similarly advising patients on dialysis or with kidney or liver failure, chronic conditions or low immune systems.

The Jan. 9 chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston spurred a water-use ban for 300,000 people. Officials lifted the ban weeks ago, saying the water was safe for everyone but pregnant women to drink.

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