1-31-11: Cancer Clusters

January 31, 2011 at 8:09 am 1 comment

Remember the 2000 movie Erin Brockovich? The docu-drama about an activist building a case that chemicals used by a big natural-gas utility in California had polluted the groundwater and caused a high incidence of people to get sick with cancer?

Frederick County is watching a drama of its own unfold.

There’s an investigation into the possibility of a cancer cluster in the area. The supposed culprit is environmental pollution from Fort Detrick. The first line of investigation is county and state health officials.

Today, Sheilah talks with Dr. Barbara Brookmeyer, a health officer in Frederick County Health Department, and Dr. Clifford S. Mitchell, assistant director of Environmental Health and Food Protection in the Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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