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Symptom question…

I wanted to post this to the newsgroup as a way of possibly gathering
some information for a MEDLINE or WWW search, so any help would be
appreciated.

My father is a public school teacher in Northern Ontario.  The building is
approximately forty years old, and some bizarre things have happened in the
last few months.

In December of this year, one of the teachers, a 35 year old women in
good physical condition, became ill with what initially seemed to be
symptomatic of rheumatoid arthritis, but the blood test (I’m not familiar
with the test for RI) came back negative.

A short time later, a second teacher, a late-forties female, also came
down with similar symptoms, but is affected in a much more severe way.  
She has been hospitalized, and the diagnosis to this point is
vascularitis with pulmonary edema as well.

With my father teaching in the school, and several other teachers
complaining of feeling generally unwell, I am concerned as to the cause
of these illnesses.  The local health authority has started an
investigation of possible sick building syndrome causes.

I attended the school for nine years, and my father has been teaching
there for more than twenty, and nothing of this sort has happened
before.  Within the last five years, the local school board has
contracted out it’s cleaning contracts to an outside company, which
supplies all the cleaning products to the schools.  

My main questions are:

1.  Has anyone run across illnesses of this nature before?
2.  Is it possible that the cleaning products can be inducing these kinds
of problems?
3.  Where can I look on the Web (or textbooks, or journals) to find more
information on this problem?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Gavin


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