Health Effects of Ground Water Contamination

Groundwater contamination can have serious health effects of an acute or chronic nature. Acute side effects of groundwater contamination include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Legionnaire’s Disease – a respiratory disease characterized by pneumonia, headache, and dry cough
  • Eye irritation
  • Nose irritation

Chronic Side Effects of Ground Water Contamination Include:

  • Cancer
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Anemia
  • Nervous system problems
  • Circulatory problems
  • Bone disease
  • Hair loss
  • Reproductive difficulties

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