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Gaither High School's first air test results are clean

Still more results are due for the school, where at least 10 students have had breathing problems.

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 11, 2003

TAMPA - Test results of indoor air quality at Gaither High School, where at least 10 students developed mysterious breathing problems, showed no sign of elevated levels of fungus or toxin-producing organisms.

Scientists with Chastain-Skillman, the independent environmental consultant brought in to test the air, determined that the air in 11 areas frequented by the students was significantly cleaner than the air outdoors.

"There were no obvious indications of adverse indoor environmental quality conditions that would indicate a potential health concern," said the report released Friday. Still to come are lab results for micro-organisms, volatile organic compounds and chlorinated pesticides.

In recent weeks 10 Gaither students, most of them members of the Starettes dance team, have come down with a serious respiratory condition that causes them to audibly gasp when inhaling.

Eight of the 10 students are being treated by a specialist at the University of South Florida medical school and a speech pathologist at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center.

School district spokesman Mark Hart released the report without comment, citing the possibility that the district could be sued.

[Last modified October 11, 2003, 02:08:56]

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