Poor Health Conditions in Elementary School Results in Numerous Ill Students

Cody Porcoro

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on October 31, 2017

This case involves the impact of unsanitary conditions for students who attended an elementary school in downtown Detroit. These conditions included the presence of mold in sinks; non- functioning toilets that caused students to be exposed to human waste; lack of ventilation; unsanitary food storage and preparation; exposure to vermin; and lack of adequate heating. These conditions had been exacerbated by overcrowding in the school system. The school had a long history of students who had to be sent back home in the middle of the school day after suffering from various dermatological and gastrointestinal complaints. As a result, some students were forced to miss crucial parts of their education. Despite having multiple cases of ill students due to the conditions, the school did not make any changes.

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I am regularly involved in clinical and legal evaluations investigating environmental causes of health issues. I have evaluated over 50 patients with concerns for environmental causes of illness.

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