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      Officials warn about fish from Catawba

      Health officials in North Carolina and South Carolina are warning people about eating fish caught in the Catawba River.

      CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Health officials in North Carolina and South Carolina are warning people about eating fish caught in the Catawba River.

      Officials say tests of channel catfish in Mountain Island Lake west of Charlotte and of largemouth bass in Lake Wylie and in the Catawba in South Carolina found unsafe levels of PCBs.

      The chemicals were banned by the United States in 1979 and can hurt the neurological development of children and reproductive and immune systems. They may also cause cancer.

      the chemical doesn't endanger drinking water, but can collect in fish tissue.

      The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says it will expand testing with North Carolina and the Environmental Protection Agency.

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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