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WDOH is now equipped with this instrumentation and received FDA training in chemical methods for DSP toxins, which allows local monitoring of [greater than or equal to] 40 shellfish growing areas on a regular basis.
During 2010, the Washington Department of Health (WDOH) and FDA Gulf Coast Seafood Laboratory (FDA-GCSL, Dauphin Island, AL) initiated a pilot program to gather baseline monitoring data on Dinophysis species abundance and associated DSP toxins in shellfish from 18 growing areas (Figure 1).
The biggest concern is with chronic (or acute) exposure to small children and developing fetuses, according to Wayne Clifford, who manages the Pesticide Illness and Zoonotics Disease Surveillance and Prevention program in WDOH's Office of Environmental Health.
But as Clifford of WDOH put it, "there is not really a safe level of exposure to a carcinogen," because effects are cumulative and people may have exposures from other sources, such as residue on food.
A subset of these subjects [70 (52%) cases and 160 (57%) controls] were eligible for the present study because the child was born after 1977 and the mother resided in Washington when the child was born, so a dried blood spot (DBS) card potentially remained archived at the WDOH Newborn Screening Program.
None of the above risk estimates was attenuated when we restricted the analysis to children with two non-Hispanic white parents, nor were they markedly altered when we separately used either the interviewed controls identified through RDD or the anonymous WDOH archive controls as the reference group.
WDOH interviewed 54 of the 56 persons who had culture-confirmed V.
Personnel operating the water treatment plants and distribution systems are required to be certified by WDOH as being knowledgeable about water treatment processes and technologies and to have proven themselves, by examination, capable of effectively and safely operating the water system.
Editorial Note: The analysis by WDOH illustrates the usefulness of death-certificate data in assessing trends in suicide.
In Washington, efforts to improve basic injury data collection include the reporting of firearm injury data to WDOH by all hospitals (admissions and emergency department visits), coroners, and medical examiners.
DCHSHD and WDOH identified 107 confirmed and 51 probable case-patients (Figure 1); of these, 17 (16%) were hospitalized.
WDOH investigation of all the poisoning incidents determined that personal protective equipment had been available to all mixers/loaders and applicators, but that in 78% of the incidents, U.S.
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