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Oct 30, 2015 2:15 PM

2nd lab needed to process Pease blood tests

The Associated Press

PORTSMOUTH — The N.H. Department of Health and Human Services is looking for a second lab to test about 800 blood samples from people exposed to a contaminated well in Portsmouth.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention processed all of the samples during the first round of testing and did 300 of the nearly 1,100 received during the second round. But the state needs a second lab to process the remaining samples.

Department of Health and Human Services spokesman Jake Leon says the CDC's capacity to process samples is stretched thin.

It's unclear when those will be processed.

The city closed the Haven well at the former Pease Air Force base after contaminants were discovered at levels 10 times higher than acceptable levels.

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