Monday, November 24, 2008

FEMA TRAILER PARKS BAD FOR KIDS' HEALTH

USA Today - Children of displaced families from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have serious health and mental ailments, a new study says. The report, by the New York-based Children's Health Fund, reviewed medical records of 261 children who lived in a federally funded Baton Rouge trailer park until early summer. . .

One of the most alarming findings: 41% of children younger than 4 were diagnosed with iron-deficiency anemia, more than double the rate of children living in New York City homeless shelters, Redlener says.

Other findings:

55% of elementary-school-aged children had a behavior or learning problem.

42% of children were diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, known as hay fever, and/or upper respiratory infection.

24% had a cluster of upper respiratory, allergic and skin ailments.

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