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For Immediate Release:
January 14, 2020
For more information contact:
Public Health Communications
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Public Health Statement Regarding Jet Fuel Release

LOS ANGELES –The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) advises residents effected by the jet fuel release in the Cudahy area to avoid contact with any remaining chemical residue. Students that were exposed have been sent home with instructions on how to thoroughly clean themselves and their clothes. The specifics of this incident are still under investigation by multiple authorities.

Contact with jet fuel may cause skin irritation to some individuals. Residents who think they have come in contact with the jet fuel should do a full head-to-toe shower with soap and water. Please be sure to wash any exposed/contaminated clothing separately with regular detergent. If odors remain on clothing after thorough washing, they should be discarded.

Some exposed individuals have experienced mild symptoms such as skin irritation and upper respiratory irritation such as cough. These symptoms are generally expected to improve on their own. However, if you do feel like you are still experiencing a health-related issue, please consult your medical provider. For any life-threatening emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.

Public Health will continue to work with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and other partner agencies. For questions and/or more information regarding this incident, call 2-1-1.

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