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Survey of health effects among residents adjacent to a National priority list site in southwest Virginia

by Haywood, Danette.

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Survey of Health Effects among Residents Adjacent to a National Priority List Site in Southwest Virginia by Danette Haywood Leonard The Saltville Waste Disposal Site is a National Priority List site used during the 77- year operation (1895–1972) of an electrolytic chlorine and caustic soda plant. A crosssectional study was conducted to determine disease prevalence among Saltville Medical Center (SMC) patients. Diseases associated with chronic exposures to mercury, arsenic, and lead were reviewed in patient records and these data were analyzed. Ratios of illness observed at the SMC were compared to health studies of similar environmental exposures and disease prevalence among residents of neighboring communities. Prevalence ratios were calculated for residents and non-residents of Saltville who were SMC patients. Saltville residence accounted for a higher risk of developing the targeted diseases (odds ratio=1.68, 95% confidence interval (1.54, 1.82)). Increased risk was among patients aged 31-45 years, with a history of smoking, and family history of the same disease. 2
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School:East Tennessee State University

School Location:USA - Tennessee

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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