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Experts to study respiratory health of Harvey residents

December 2, 2018
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, a home in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston is in the process of being raised by Arkitekture Development. Medical experts are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm. The study by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston involves indoor air quality of hurricane victims' homes. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017 file photo, a home in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston is in the process of being raised by Arkitekture Development. Medical experts are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm. The study by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston involves indoor air quality of hurricane victims' homes. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Medical experts are seeking people in Texas displaced by Hurricane Harvey for a study on possible respiratory problems since the 2017 storm.

The Galveston County Daily News reports the study by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston involves indoor air quality of hurricane victims’ homes.

The study is accepting participants who’ll be monitored for a year. Officials will focus on whether respiratory health has changed after people moved back into homes damaged by Harvey, which made landfall in Southeast Texas in August 2017.

Heavy rain blamed on Harvey swamped parts of Houston. Beaumont and Port Arthur were also pummeled by Harvey’s rainfall.

Sharon Croisant, with UTMB’s Center for Environmental Toxicology , says results could help shape the way homes are rebuilt after natural disasters amid concerns such as mold.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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