Researchers find alarming exposure impacts in first scientific survey of Lahaina wildfire survivors

  • Source: Hawaii News Now
  • Published: 02/09/2024 12:00 AM

The first scientific study of health impacts from the Lahaina wildfire has results that alarmed researchers. Experts and advocates say it’s important to use science to dispel rumors of how people are doing with actual facts. Researchers from the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine and the UH Economic Research Organization used clinical diagnostic tools in interviews with over 200 people to analyze the medical, emotional and financial impacts of people who fled the fire zone. What they found: The intense heat and smoke and toxic ash are apparently still causing health problems six months later. It is no surprise to community organizer Veronica Mendoza Jachowski, whose organization “Roots Reborn,” encouraged members of the Latino community to participate in the survey.


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