ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) has recommended that the government allocate funds toward researching the effect of treated water on the spread of latent viruses and cancer, according to a press release published on PRWeb.

The CBCD has highlighted a recent study in the journal Food and Environmental Virology that found that "treated sewage, when discharged into the environment, can contain high levels of waterborne pathogenic viruses," reported the release.

The organization then highlighted the link between viruses that remain latent in the body and increased cancer rates, noted the release, as The Theory of Microcompetition with Foreign DNA explains how latent viruses in the body can lead to cancer.

Over three million people live in California's Orange County where a "toilet to tap" system is undergoing a $150 million expansion, continued the release, and where cancer rates are significantly higher than the national average.

According to the release, "Treatment systems remove only about 20-80 percent of enteric viruses, thus permitting their dissemination in the environment;" these viruses end up infecting people and an increase in consumption of treated water will increase the number of cancer cases.

Read the full release here.