Acute health effects from chlorine gas exposure

In January 2005, a train derailment in South Carolina released 42-60 tons of chlorine gas in the middle of a small town. I was part of the CDC team that went to South Carolina to help the Dept of Health and Environmental Control respond to the disaster and investigate the health effects.

One of our papers, which looks in detail at the clinical presentation, hospital course, and pathology among those individuals who died or were hospitalized as a result of their exposure, was just published in the January 2009 issue of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine [abstract] (free download at their site). 

I’ve written more about the derailment and our investigation here.