Registration extended for PFOA blood testing

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People from Bennington and North Bennington who may have been affected by PFOA contamination of drinking water now have until Friday, Aug. 17 to register for a blood test to determine the levels of PFOA in their blood.

The Health Department extended the deadline by one week to allow more time for people interested in having their blood tested to sign up. The tests are for those who may have been affected by the contamination, but who have not been previously tested for PFOA levels in their blood. The Vermont Legislature has made funding available for this effort.

The blood test cannot tell if a person's exposure to PFOA will cause health problems in the future, or if a health problem was caused by PFOA, but it may help inform discussions with a person's doctor about their health.

For eligibility requirements, and to register, complete the online survey at healthvermont.gov/PFOAbloodtesting_2018 by Friday, Aug. 17. If you have questions or cannot access the survey online, call 802-447-6404 to speak with a public health nurse in the Health Department's Bennington Office.

There is no cost to participants for the blood draw, laboratory analysis and report.




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