Health problems feared for kids

May 27, 2008 6:06:26 PM PDT
Doctors fear tens of thousands of children who lived in FEMA trailers after Hurricane Katrina could have lifelong health problems.

The trailers -- up to 143,000 of them -- may have formaldehyde fumes up to five times the safe level. Formaldehyde is classified as a probable cancer-causing agent, and kids are believed to be at particular risk.

One young mother, whose 15-month-old daughter was born while the woman was living in a trailer, says her little girl has persistent breathing problems. She says she never would have stayed so long in the trailer if she'd known the risk.

The formaldehyde was detected in the trailers when they were sent to the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. But there was no push to get people out of them until this February.