[StBernard] CDC sets public meetings to discuss trailer issues

Westley Annis westley at da-parish.com
Mon Feb 18 08:57:34 EST 2008

CDC sets public meetings to discuss trailer issues
2/16/2008, 3:49 p.m. CST
The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to
hold seven public meetings in south Louisiana this month to talk with
residents about the findings of dangerous levels of formaldehyde fumes in
many occupied FEMA trailers.

Thursday, the CDC said fumes from 519 tested trailers and mobile homes in
Louisiana and Mississippi were on average about five times what people are
exposed to in most modern homes. Formaldehyde, a preservative commonly used
in construction materials, can lead to breathing problems and is also
believed to cause cancer.

CDC says the meetings will include a presentation by a CDC scientist and
opportunities for residents with health concerns to speak one-on-one with
government scientists and health professionals.

The meetings are set for Feb. 25 in Baker; Feb. 26 in New Orleans; Feb. 27
in Chalmette and Jefferson; and Feb. 28 in Lake Charles.

Two meetings are planned for New Orleans and Lake Charles.

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