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Statement on health effects of shuttle debris
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    Saturday, February 01, 2003, 19:40 EST (07:4 0 PM EST)


    CDC and ATSDR are providing these fact sheets, web links, and information on personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical toxicology for use in state responses to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. This information has also been shared with poison control centers.

    On February 01, 2003, the shuttle "Columbia" broke apart over eastern Texas. Debris from the shuttle has been found in a wide area underneath its path, principally in eastern Texas and Louisiana. Questions have been raised bout possible hum an health effects related to substances released during the shuttle break-up. What follows is an interim assessment by experts in the Department of Health and Human Services. This guidance will be updated as necessary as further information becomes available.

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