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Posted on: August 28, 2018

Post-Harvey Air Quality Assessments

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Assessment of Indoor Air Quality and Health after Hurricane Harvey (IAQ-H3)

The purpose of this study is to assess the health effects of living in a home that was flooded by Hurricane Harvey and then was cleaned of mold and flood waters after the storm. We are looking for people whose homes were flooded but who are not yet done with repairs or have not moved back into their home yet. In this study, we will take air samples from your home. We will also gather data on your health and collect samples (blood, urine, saliva, hair, and nails).

  • We will enroll 85 people in this study. Only adults over 18 years can be in the study, with an equal number of males and females. We will not exclude anyone based on race or ethnicity. We will limit the study to English speakers.
  • We will not enroll people younger than 18, pregnant women, or non-English speakers. We will not enroll anyone with health or other problems that would not allow them to complete study activities.
  • The two required visits will last about one and one-half hours at two points in time. We will ask you to:
  • Allow air quality sampling in your home
  • Complete a survey in English
  • Provide samples including: blood, urine, saliva and cheek cells, hair, and nail clippings
  • Have a brief physical exam
  • Complete lung testing
  • For your time, travel, and effort, you will be paid at each time point


To learn more, contact: Chantele Singleton at 409-772-9110 or csinglet@utmb.edu

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