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CDC finds no link between drywall, deaths

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in a report provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has found no evidence linking exposure to “problem” drywall and 11 deaths.

The CDC Review summarizes investigations by state public health authorities of the available medical records of 11 people who died and had previously lived in or visited homes reported to contain tainted or toxic drywall. State public health authorities concluded that the drywall was not a factor in the deaths. The CDC review was limited to the 11 deceased individuals. 

The CPSC is in the final stages of completing its scientific investigation into problem drywall. As part of this process, CPSC has requested that the CDC consider undertaking a comprehensive study of any possible long-term health effects.

The CPSC has received approximately 3,794 reports from residents in 42 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico, who believe their health symptoms or the corrosion of certain metal components in their homes are related to drywall that was either imported from China or, in some cases, manufactured in the United States. State and local authorities have also received similar reports.

For additional findings from the Interagency Drywall Task Force's investigation, visit DrywallResponse.gov.


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