Vt. Health Department Releases Results From PFOA Blood Tests

By Kristin Frechette | kfrechette@nexstar.tv

Published 07/26 2016 05:43PM

Updated 07/26 2016 05:43PM

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Lab results are back for those who participated in the PFOA blood testing in Bennington. 

The Vermont State Health Department says according to the results, PFOA levels are higher than average.

Eight blood testing clinics were held over the past three months, for those whose private drinking water was contaminated with the chemical. Also for those who lived or worked at the former Chemfab site.

Four hundred and seventy-seven adults and children had their blood tested. 

The Health Department says test results cannot determine if a person’s exposure to PFOA will cause health problems in the future, or if current health problems were caused by the chemical. 

"We've been working to keep everyone informed as we get more information. I understand that seeing the blood test result can renew your worry, and I encourage everyone to talk with their doctor if you have specific concerns about your health as it relates to your test result, " said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.

The department says it will take several months to analyze, how PFOA blood levels directly correlates with the PFOA levels in your drinking water.

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