* A report described that the respiratory symptoms with dry cough called "Katrina cough" were believed to be caused by reactions to mold and dust left after the storm.
(16) It further stated that the rates of respiratory illness were not different from the rates of these illnesses occurring in other parts of the state and the country and also that "there is no such thing as a single condition such as 'Katrina Cough' that would be different from the bacterial and viral respiratory conditions we would expect to see at that time of year." (16)
The news outlets in 2005 reported that there were out-breaks of a "Katrina cough
" among many residents who returned to the hurricane-devastated areas (Roach 2005).
Meanwhile, health and life insurers are anxious about weather trends that produce stronger mosquitoes and more resilient strains of malaria, for example, or catastrophes that lead to unique illnesses, like the so-called "Katrina cough
" that has emerged among people exposed to pollutants in New Orleans.
They've begun to develop a number of different, and in some cases, unexplainable, health symptoms ranging from what some have called the "Katrina Cough
" or "mold cold" to antibiotic resistant injuries and infections, meningitis, and even post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
"We're seeing what's called the 'Katrina cough
,'" says Mary Lee Orr, executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network.
Despite the emphasis on prevention and surveillance, concerns about mold-related symptoms have surfaced ("Katrina Cough
") and need sustained attention to assure that unexpected problems are identified and revised prevention messages are disseminated as quickly as possible.
Some of these conditions already are present in New Orleans, said Becker, referring to "Katrina Cough
," which local doctors attribute to mold and contaminated dust left behind by the floodwaters that have been stirred up by cleanup and demolition work.
Yet in late October, with cleanup and rebuilding efforts in progress, news outlets began reporting on outbreaks of "Katrina cough
" among residents returning to hurricane-devastated areas.
Air may also play a role in an illness known as "shelter cough." or "Katrina cough
." Shelter cough is presumed to be an allergic reaction to some particulate matter in the air, according to Stephens.