FEMA issued several thousand trailers to residents of Louisiana and Mississippi after hurricane Katrina. Now residents are concerned about health problems linked to high levels of formaldehyde.
Elevated levels of formaldehyde gas can cause headaches, burning in the eyes and throat, nausea and difficulty breathing.
Approximately 46,700 families who lost their homes to Hurricane Katrina live in these government-issued trailers. Over the next five weeks The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will randomly test 500 trailers for formaldehyde levels. Residents should know the results of the testing by mid-February 2008. FEMA is helping residents who are concerned about the health risks move into alternate housing.
For more information on this subject, please refer to the section on Defective and Dangerous Products.