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    80% of Families Who Filled Out Survey on Red Hill Have Had Health Problems They Blame on the Fuel Spill

    80% of Families Who Filled Out Survey on Red Hill Have Had Health Problems They Blame on the Fuel Spill

    More than 80% of families surveyed in the wake of a massive spill of jet fuel that contaminated the drinking water in thousands of homes in Hawaii in 2021 reported ongoing health problems nearly one year after the leak.

    Surveys conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January and February 2022 and again in September 2022 found that military personnel, their spouses and children suffered headaches, skin irritation and rashes, diarrhea, fatigue and dizziness they believe were caused by using contaminated drinking water at Joint Pearl -Hickam.

    More than half sought medical treatment for their illnesses, including 152 children whose parents reported ongoing symptoms 10 months after the spill.

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    The surveys, conducted by the 's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the request of the Hawaii Department of Health, were meant to assess the health impact of a November 2021 leak of up to 5,000 gallons of petroleum at the U.S. Navy's Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility near .

    The leak contaminated the drinking water supply to the base, affecting schools, offices and 9,694 homes and displacing thousands of military and civilian families.

    Research is available on petroleum fume exposure and those who have ingested kerosene, but “almost nothing is known of the long-term health effects” of jet fuel exposure, said Stacey…

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