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Fla. officials investigate Chinese drywall

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 11 (UPI) -- Thousands of homes in Florida are believed to contain potentially toxic Chinese drywall, officials said.

Authorities in Palm Beach County say they are investigating the health effects of the toxic building material, WPEC-TV of West Palm Beach, Fla., reported Saturday.

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"Our primary concern is people's health and there are some indicators now that it may be adversely affecting these individuals and we want to make sure that doesn't happen," said Tim O'Connor, spokesman for the Palm Beach County Health Department.

The station reported that Florida homeowners have reported symptoms, such as nosebleeds and respiratory problems, to public health officials.

The health department blames the symptoms on strontium sulfide in the drywall, which emits an odor of rotten eggs when exposed to heat and high humidity.

"It's a huge stress both for us. We have sleepless nights," said Steven Roberts, who said his home has Chinese drywall.

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