Potential health problems related to formaldehyde among people living in mobile homes or travel trailers
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Potential health problems related to formaldehyde among people living in mobile homes or travel trailers

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      July 26, 2007, 13:10 EDT (01:10 PM EDT)


      In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided either mobile homes or travel trailers to Gulf Coast victims who had lost their homes in the hurricane. Currently, nearly 65,000 households occupy units in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Most (97%) of the units are located in Louisiana and Mississippi. Concerns have surfaced recently about air quality in the trailers and the occurrence of respiratory and other symptoms resulting from exposure to formaldehyde or other respiratory irritants among residents of the mobile homes. CDC is working with FEMA to investigate the health concerns of those living in the trailers and mobile homes.

      Persons who live in mobile homes and travel trailers and are concerned about formaldehyde exposure have been directed to seek medical treatment. If these persons present with respiratory symptoms, formaldehyde exposure should be considered as a contributing factor. CDC provides in this document current knowledge about formaldehyde for clinicians that may assist them in addressing patients’ symptoms and concerns.

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