Pediatrician Says Young Children Shouldn't Drink the Water


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation for pregnant women in the affected areas to stick to bottled water until further notice, even if they are in a zone that has been "cleared."

Mothers say that begs a lot of questions about how safe the water really is.

"My kids will not be drinking from the faucet," Kimberly Lee of Charleston said. "If it's not okay for pregnant women, it's not okay for my kids."

Dr. Raheel Khan is the president of the West Virginia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He says younger children may also be more at risk.

"I'm just wondering should this advisory be extended to younger kids, especially those under three years of age,” he said. "They will be more vulnerable. Younger kids drink more water by proportion."

Kahn says they have seen kids coming in with similar symptoms to what drinking the affected water can do to you, but he says at this point it's hard to differentiate whether it's because of the water, or whether it's a normal illness.

Dr. Rahul Gupta with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department says he will contact state health officials who are in contact with the CDC and ask them about Khan's recommendation.


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