Members of the public involved in remediation of water-damaged homes
Document the prevalence of proper donning of disposable N95 respirators among persons in Orleans Parish.
Identify common mistakes made that would reduce the effectiveness of an N95 respirator.
Provide education on proper wear and care of disposable N95 respirators.
Determine the relationship between use of N95 respirator during reported clean-up activities in water-damaged or moldy buildings and symptom prevalence.
Request from LDHH for technical assistance
Design of survey methods, design and piloting of questionnaire
Epi-1 report released, announcing EPI-AID
Survey conducted in Orleans Parish by DRDS staff, EIS Officers, and volunteers representing LDHH
Epi-2 report released, summarizing preliminary results for requesting agency
More than 553 persons received education, training on proper use and care of N95 respirators.
Manuscript in-press Emerging Infectious Diseases "Respirator donning in post-hurricane New Orleans: Implications for protecting the public from airborne hazards"
Accepted abstracts: ATS International Conference - "Respirator Donning in Post-Hurricane New Orleans"; EIS Conference - "Health Effects of Exposure to Water-Damaged Homes Six Months after Hurricane Katrina - New Orleans, Louisiana, March 2006
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