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Health concerns associated with mold in water-damaged homes after hurricanes Katrina and Rita - New Orleans area, Louisiana, October 2005.

Authors
Ratard-R; Brown-CM; Ferdinands-J; Callahan-D; Dunn-KH; Scalia-MR; Moolenaar-RL; Davis-SI; Pinkerton-L; Rao-C; Van Sickle-D; Riggs-MA; Cummings-KJ
Source
MMWR 2006 Jan; 55(2):41-44
NIOSHTIC No.
20029499
Abstract
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall on August 29 and September 24, 2005, respectively, large sections of New Orleans (Orleans Parish) and the three surrounding parishes (Jefferson, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard) were flooded for weeks, leading to extensive mold growth in buildings. As residents reoccupied the city, local health-care providers and public health authorities were concerned about the potential for respiratory health effects from exposure to water-damaged homes. On October 6, CDC was invited by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH) to assist in documenting the extent of potential exposures. This report summarizes the results of that investigation, which determined that 46% of inspected homes had visible mold growth and that residents and remediation workers did not consistently use appropriate respiratory protection. Public health interventions should emphasize the importance of safe remediation practices and ensure the availability of recommended personal protective equipment.
Keywords
Emergency-response; Respirators; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-protective-equipment; Molds; Exposure-assessment; Region-6; Rescue-workers; Personal-protective-equipment; Safety-practices; Microorganisms; Bacteria
CODEN
MMWRB6
Publication Date
20060120
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
LA; OH; GA
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