West Virginia, Mountain Trauma

For at least 300,000 residents of West Virginia, the message is clear: Don’t drink the water. Schools and businesses were closed and a state of emergency declared after a chemical spill (that made surrounding areas smell of licorice) impacted the tap water in nine counties. Symptoms that can result from too much consumption of the water include “severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.”

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