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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session B6

Indoor Air Quality Issues in New Orleans in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Description of Session

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita brought devastation to the Gulf Coast region. Heavy rain and flooding in these areas led to water and contaminant penetration into building materials. Breaks in the levee system in New Orleans resulted in parts of the city been flooded for prolonged periods, creating perfect conditions for mold growth. Post-flood microbial and chemical contamination within buildings may result in severe health problems and generally poor indoor air quality throughout Gulf Coast homes and businesses. Environmental samples were taken in subsets of homes in New Orleans by various agencies and organizations. This panel will present and discuss the findings from some of these investigation and the potential indoor air quality issues and implications for health based on these findings.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Clive Brown, MBBS, MPH

Presenter 1: Carol Rao, PhD

Title of Presentation: Assessing Airborne Microorganisms in New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Evaluation Strategies and Results (proposed)

Presenter 2: Ginger Chew, PhD

Title of Presentation: Mold and Endotoxin Levels in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: A Pilot Project of Homes in New Orleans Undergoing Renovation (proposed)

Presenter 3: Gina M. Solomon, MD, MPH

Title of Presentation: Airborne Mold and Endotoxin Concentrations in New Orleans, Louisiana after Flooding, October–November 2005 (proposed)

Presenter 4: Dustin Poppendieck, MS, PhD

Title of Presentation: Results from Serial Evaluations of Mold-infested Homes in New Orleans after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (proposed)