Times of Oman
Price in RO
24ct / gm
22ct / gm
Forex Rates vs R01
Back to Homepage
Camp Lejeune water contamination linked to birth defects
December 07, 2013 , 10 : 51 am GST
SAVE THIS ARTICLE
A bulldozer makes its way onto Onslow beach at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, May 26, 2003 after being unloaded from a landing craft. Photo - Reuters
Water pollution at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina has been linked to increased risk of birth defects and childhood cancers, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A study released by the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substance & Disease Registry on Thursday confirmed a long-suspected link between chemical contaminants in tap water at the Marine Corps base and serious birth defects such as spina bifida
It also showed a slightly elevated risk of childhood cancers including leukemia.
Dr. Vikas Kapil, a medical officer and acting deputy director of the CDC agency that produced the study, said it surveyed the parents of 12,598 children born at Lejeune between 1968 and 1985, the year most contaminated drinking water wells at Camp Lejeune were closed.
From that same group of participants, 106 cases of birth defects and childhood cancers were reported. But Kapil said researchers could only confirm the diagnoses in 52 cases.
Computerized birth certificates first became available in 1968. The study's authors said they could not prove exposure to the chemicals caused specific individuals to become ill.
The CDC has linked the contamination to a number of sources including leaking underground storage tanks, industrial spills, and an off-base dry cleaning firm.
Lejeune spokeswoman Captain Maureen Krebs said the Marine Corps has supported scientific and public health organizations studying the health impacts of the contamination.
"These results provide additional information in support of ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive science-based answers to the health questions that have been raised," Krebs said in a statement.
"The Marine Corps continues to support these initiatives and we are working diligently to identify and notify individuals who, in the past, may have been exposed to the chemicals in drinking water."
The Veterans Administration has already been providing disability compensation claims to the affected families and personnel exposed to the contaminated water.
Rate this Article
Rates : 0, Average : 0
Post a Comment
Did you like this section? Leave a comment!
Your Name :
Your Email Address :
Your Comment :
Enter Image Text:
No Comments Posted
Latest in this section
Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants in Urals region
Does vitamin D help with asthma? More study needed
WHO sets up task force with airline industry to limit Ebola
Extreme medicine: The search for new antibiotics
Excess body weight boosts risk of 10 common cancers: study
TOP RATED ARTICLES
Royal Oman Police arrests 95 infiltrators, deports 221
Times News Service
Omani fashion icon pitches for global exposure
Herbal medicines and cosmetics boxes seized in Dhofar
Times News Service
Scientists search rubbish on Oman's beaches for clues to cyclones
Oman offers scholarships to Pakistani students
Times News Service
More in News
High-end 'micro-flats' latest trend for Hong Kong home buyers
More than just a moustache - Adolf Hitler vs Charlie Chaplin
Urban gardens greening Berlin rooftops, airfield
Tips for writing a good article
How to choose your writing form and communicate your creative thoughts
Natasja Engholm - Special to Times of Oman
More in Features
Will the East Asian dream augur well for India now?
Alas! Iraq has already disintegrated
Winds of anarchy and chaos in Middle East
Erdogan and the Paradox of Populism
Israel has this time lost both the battle and the war
More in Columns
Copyright © 2012 Muscat Press & Publishing House SAOC. All rights reserved. Times of Oman is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
For reprint rights contact:
TOO Online Editorial