The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted an examination of 11 deaths in Louisiana, Florida, and Virginia, and found no ties to the presence of defective Chinese drywall in homes.

The review, conducted at the behest of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is just one part of the Interagency Drywall Task Force mission to study the effects of defective Chinese drywall on home owners with health problems and structural degradation.

The CPSC has found a link between the corrosion of metal components in residences and the presence of defective Chinese drywall, but the connection between health problems and the drywall has been harder to identify. However, the acid gases found in residences with defective Chinese drywall have been known to irritate the eyes and respiratory tract, according to the CPSC.

The CDC study, on the other hand, suggests that the 11 deaths examined revealed that defective drywall was not a contributing factor and that the people involved had preexisting conditions.

The CDC did recommend that the CPSC continue monitoring health reports related to defective drywall and to contact the CDC when additional assistance was necessary.

Source: CDC Finds No Link Between 11 Deaths and Chinese Drywall, National Underwriter (Property & Casualty - Risk & Benefits Management Edition) (Feb. 1, 2011)

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