Children’s health groups issue guidelines about children returning to areas hit by flooding or hurricanes

Friday, October 7, 2005

The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health (SWCPEH), based at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, issued a statement today, Friday, Oct. 7, warning that certain measures to ensure safety and health must be in place before children return to areas hit by flooding or hurricanes.

"Clinician Recommendations Regarding Return of Children to Areas Impacted by Flooding and/or Hurricanes" was issued jointly with the American Academy of Pediatrics. Its purpose is to protect the health of children who return to these areas.

"Louisiana and Southeast Texas are within our service area. Following the recommendations in this statement will help protect the health of children who return to homes in areas hard hit by flooding and/or hurricanes," said Larry Lowry, Ph.D., SWCPEH coordinator. "The recommendations are not limited to New Orleans and hurricanes Katrina and Rita, but applies to any flooded areas that are likely to be reoccupied."

The text of the joint statement, including all its recommendations, is posted on the SWCPEH Web site, www.swcpeh.org. A PDF file of the statement is also attached to this email news release.

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