Mount St. Helens volcano health report #1, May 30, 1980
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Mount St. Helens volcano health report #1, May 30, 1980
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    "This surveillance report is the first in a series to be issued on a frequent and timely basis as information becomes available on the health aspects of the volcanic eruption. Information for this report will represent the latest data reported to the CDC Chronic Diseases Division, Bureau of Epidemiology, from state health departments, CDC personnel, Federal agencies, and other pertinent sources. We hope thereby to establish a focal point for the accumulation and dissemination of data related to public health aspects of the disaster. Much of the information will be preliminary in nature and subject to confirmation and change. It will be distributed for the purpose of providing up-to-date health data from CDC and the many other groups involved in public health assessment." "The Mount St. Helens Technical Information Network (MSHTIN) in Vancouver, Washington, has been established through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Geological Survey, and the State of Washington Department of Emergency Services for the coordination of data from Federal and other sources. These health reports will therefore be coordinated with the MSHTIN (Federal Coordinating Office, 1220 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Vancouver, Washington 98660, telephone (206) 696-7818)." "On Wednesday, May 21, 1980, CDC responded to a request by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to assist in an epidemiologic evaluation of health effects related to eruption of the volcano. A team of CDC personnel from the Bureau of Epidemiology, Atlanta, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Morgantown, West Virginia, has been in the State of Washington since then. A rapidly instituted hospital-based surveillance network in affected portions of Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon, established with the cooperation of state health departments, suggests instances of mucous membrane and upper respiratory irritation but no evidence of increased severe respiratory irritation illness related to the dust exposure." Thanks to Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, & Special Collections for the scans.
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