Study to Investigate Environmental and Chemical Exposures after Harvey
The physical and emotional recovery from Harvey has been underway since flood waters have slowly receded across Houston and surrounding communities. As residents return to their homes, questions are arising about the possible health effects of exposure to contaminated flood water and airborne exposures to health hazards such as mold.
Wristbands provided by Oregon State will be handed out to people who are currently living in or working in homes that were flooded. The wristbands can detect volatile and semi-volatile chemicals directly from air and water. After seven days, researchers will collect the wristbands for measurement of chemical exposures. Biosamples, which can detect some exposures wristbands cannot, such as mold, and health questionnaires will also be collected from participants. The information gathered will be used to assess the possible health impact of chemical and environmental exposures.
A community event to obtain more information on who can qualify and enrollment in the study has been scheduled for Sunday, October 1st, during Donuts and Kolaches.