CDC Review Finds No Link Between Problem Drywall and 11 Reported Deaths
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2011
Release #11-115
CPSC Public Affairs: 301-504-7908
CDC Media Relations: 404-639-3286

CDC Review Finds No Link Between Problem Drywall and 11 Reported Deaths

A review provided to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health finds that there is no evidence linking exposure to problem drywall and 11 reported deaths. The CDC review confirms the results of previous reviews conducted by CPSC into these deaths, which also found no link to problem drywall.

The CDC review (pdf), which was requested by CPSC, 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 problem drywall. State public health authorities concluded that problem drywall was not a factor in the deaths. The CDC review was limited to the 11 deceased individuals.

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.

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