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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
April 10, 2018

Risks of “Raw Water”

JAMA. 2018;319(14):1428. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.3406

People who drink raw water or untreated water being sold in some parts of the country may be at risk of developing waterborne illness, according to an official at the CDC.

Companies marketing untreated water have popped up around the country promising health benefits, according to recent news reports. However, when discussing this trend in an interview with JAMA, Vince Hill, PhD, chief of the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch at the CDC, warned that treated water is much safer and protects individuals against both infectious diseases and potential chemical exposures.

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