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Military residents affected by contaminated water invited to public health survey

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Military residents affected by contaminated Navy water can now take part in a health survey being conducted by the state Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The DOH/CDC survey was previously only open to civilians affected by the water, as the Navy was creating its own database.

The state says the survey is also open to people who may not live in the Pearl Harbor area, but work there.

The purpose of the survey is to track health effects that may have been caused by petroleum-laced water in the Navy’s system.

The Navy's water system serves some 93,000 people in residential homes, offices, elementary schools and businesses in and around Pearl Harbor.

Starting in late November, about 1,000 people complained that their tap water smelled like fuel, or reported physical ailments like nausea and rashes after ingesting it.

Capt. Michael McGinnis, U.S. Pacific Fleet surgeon, said Navy medical teams have screened over 5,900 patients.

"Patient symptoms were consistent with an acute environmental exposure event — patient symptoms consistent with the following: nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea, skin or eye irritation. Once patients were removed from the water source, the symptoms rapidly resolved," McGinnis told members of Congress on Tuesday.

To participate, call 404-567-3256 or email ATSDRACE@cdc.gov. The survey will be available through Feb. 7.

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