Chemical contamination of Newburgh, New York, municipal water supply

Blood tests to detect a chemical called perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are being provided to all 28,000 residents of the town of Newburgh after PFOS was found in the drinking water reservoir at levels exceeding federal guidelines. This chemical which can accumulate in the liver, skin, kidney, and neurological and endocrine systems has been linked to cancer, thyroid problems, and perhaps neurological damage.

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Advice For Travellers

Travellers who may visit this town should avoid consuming local water. Only commercially-bottled water should be consumed.