CDC confirms health issues connected to Chinese drywall

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Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:55 am

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is confirming that Chinese-made drywall could be linked to many health problems.

In part, the CDC report tested drywall samples made in China between 2005 and 2006, which was used extensively in Florida during the pre-recession building boom. The report shows short-term exposure to the drywall might be linked to conditions including eye and nasal irritation, headaches, and changes in vision; while long-term exposure may lead to increased risk of damage to nasal tissue.

In addition to health complaints, homeowners have also alleged hydrogen sulfide and other chemicals found in the drywall caused foul odors and corroded pipes and wiring.

Chinese drywall was frequently imported in 2005, after record-breaking hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005 created a shortage of U.S.-made wallboard.

The report is a long time coming. It's vindication for thousands of home owners who have been dealing with the issue for years -- some right here on the Suncoast.

ABC 7's Josh Taylor will take a look at the effects of Chinese drywall on the Suncoast tonight on ABC 7 News at 5:30.

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