Table 1

Survey of residents complaining of adverse health effects.

Res.

Site, distance away

(km)

Age/sex

Smoker

Symptoms a


1

Grand Bay, AL

0.4

28♀

N

Be, Bt, Bl, Cn, Db, N

2

Grand Bay, AL

0.4

4♀

N

Be, Bt, Bl, Cn, Db, H, N

3

Grand Bay, AL

0.8

48♀

N

C, Be, Bt, Cn, Db, R, N, D, Ft

4

Grand Bay, AL

0.8

19♀

N

C, Bt, Bl, Cn, Db, S, R, H, N, D, F

5

Grand Bay, AL

0.4

71♂

N

C, Cn, Db, H

6

Grand Bay, AL

<0.1

39♀

Y

C, Cn, Db, R, H, N

7

Grand Bay, AL

<0.1

19♂

N

C, Be, Bl, Cn, Db, R

8

Grand Bay, AL

<0.1

51♀

N

Be, Bt, Bl, Cn, Db, D

9

Grand Bay, AL

0.2

45♂

N

C, Be, Bt, Bl, Cn, H, N

10

Menifee, CA

0.4

42♂

N

C, Cn, Db, Si, N, F, D, Ft

11

Menifee, CA

0.1

37♀

N

Be, Bt, Cn, R, H, Si, N, Nb

12

Menifee, CA

0.1

4♂

N

Bt, Cn, Db, Si, S, P

13

Menifee, CA

0.8

40♀

N

C, Db, R, H, N, D, Si

14

Menifee, CA

0.4

52♀

Y

Cn, Db, H, N, Nb, Ft

15

Menifee, CA

0.4

7♀

N

C, Bl, Cn, Db, Fv, F

16

Menifee, CA

0.4

28♂

N

C, Cn, Db, H, S

17

Menifee, CA

0.2

29♀

N

C, Be, Bt, Cn, Db, R, H, Si, Ft

18

Menifee, CA

0.2

5♀

N

C, Be, Cn, Db, S, P, R, H, Fv, F, Ft

19

Menifee, CA

<0.1

43♀

Y

Be, Bt, Cn, Db, R, H, N, Fv, Nb, Ft

20

Menifee, CA

<0.1

10♂

N

Be, Bt, Cn, Db, S, H, N, Fv, Nb, Ft

21

Menifee, CA

<0.1

68♀

Y

Cn, Db, R, N, Fv, F, Ft

22

Menifee, CA

<0.1

46♂

Y

Cn, Db, R, D, F, Ft

23

Menifee, CA

0.4

44♀

Y

C, Be, Bt, Bl, Cn, H, F, Ft

24

Winchester, CA

0.8

69♂

Y

C, Be, Bt, Bl, Db, P

25

Winchester, CA

0.8

46♀

Y

C, Be, Bt, Bl, Db, H, N, Ft

26

Arcadia, FL

<0.2

38♀

Y

Be, Bt, Bl

27

Arcadia, FL

<0.2

9♀

N

Db, N, D

28

Arcadia, FL

<0.2

8♂

N

C, Cn, Db

29

Greenland, NH

0.2

53♀

N

C, Cn, Db, H, N, D

30

Greenland, NH

0.2

70♀

N

C, Be, Bt, Cn, Nb

31

Greenland, NH

<0.1

32♀

Y

Be, Bt, Bl, Cn, Db, H, N, F, Nb

32

Greenland, NH

<0.1

9♀

N

C, Be, Cn, Db, N, D, F, Nb

33

Greenland, NH

<0.1

14♀

N

Be, Bt, Cn, Db, N, D, F, Ft

34

Greenland, NH

<0.2

48♀

Y

C, Be, Bt, Cn, Db, H, N, F, Ft

35

Greenland, NH

<0.2

26♂

N

C, Cn, H, F

36

Waynesville, OH

0.2

60♀

N

C, Be, Bt, Bl, Db, S, R

37

Waynesville, OH

0.1

78♂

N

C, Db, S

38

Cedarville, ON

0.2

51♂

N

Be, Bt, Bl

39

Robesonia, PA

0.2

15♂

N

C, Cn, Db, P, H, Fv, F, Si, Ft

40

Robesonia, PA

0.2

17♂

N

C, Bt, Cn, H, S, Si,

41

Robesonia, PA

0.2

46♂

N

C, Bt, Si

42

Osceola Mills, PA

0.8

11♂

N

Be, Bt, Cn, H, Si, N, F, Ft

43

Guy, TX

1.6

55♂

N

Bt, Bl, Db

44

Guy, TX

0.4

2♂

N

C, Cn, Db, Si

45

Guy, TX

0.4

67♀

N

C, Be, Bt, Bl

46

Guy, TX

0.4

9♂

N

Be, Bl, Cn, N

47

Guy, TX

0.4

6♀

N

C, Cn, Be, Bt, Bl, N

48

Guy, TX

0.4

68♂

N

C, Be, Cn, N, S, Ft


Residents complaining of adverse health effects from exposure to land-applied sewage sludge were surveyed at ten sites in North America to describe and document self-reported illnesses.

a (C) cough; (Be) burning eyes/(Bt)throat/(Bl)lungs; (H) headache; (Cn) congestion; (Db) difficulty breathing; (F) flu-like; (Fv) fever; (N) nausea/vomiting (D) diarrhoea; (S) sinusitis; (Si) staphylococcal infection (skin, oral cavity); (P) pneumonia; (R) skin rash; (Nb) nosebleed; (Ft) fatigue

Lewis et al. BMC Public Health 2002 2:11   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-2-11

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