On February 20, 2023, a train carrying hazardous materials derailed in East Palestine, Ohio. The resulting accident caused toxic chemicals to spill into the surrounding environment, posing several public health risks for those living nearby.
The immediate dangers posed by this incident are clear; exposure to these toxins can cause severe physical and mental health issues ranging from skin irritation and respiratory problems to long-term neurological damage or even death.
When building a differential in VisualDx, please know that we have the following relevant findings to help you narrow down the diagnostic possibilities among patients affected by this disaster:
See also the handbook-length diagnostic information for the following related diagnosis: toxic alcohol poisoning.
More information can be found here: Norfolk Southern EPA Information