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Friday, September 30, 2005

New CNN Story on New Orleans Health Risks

Pretty good story at CNN on the health risks people face when they come back:

"The potential for any long-lasting effects depends on the degree of exposure.... how long people are exposed" to contaminated sediments, bacteria-laden floodwater or other health hazards, said Dr. Henry Falk, director for environmental health and injury prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Of course, the length of exposure all depends on how long people stay around an uncleaned, contaminated area. Unfortunately, without rigorous testing and a proper cleanup, many people could unknowingly be returning home to face lethal exposure.

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