By Emily K. LevisenMedical News Today, July 21, 2020, 5:08:31Verizon, the world’s largest wireless provider, is warning consumers to stay away from a mercury-tainted home in suburban Dallas.
The Dallas Morning News reported on Wednesday that the company said it found contaminated mercury in a home it purchased in Springdale in 2018.
The newspaper said the home had been vacant for more than two years, and the company did not know the number of occupants at the time of purchase.
The paper said mercury had been present in the home for a year before the purchase.
Verizon told the Dallas Morning Times that the home was the home of a “senior resident” who was under investigation for possibly having the condition of mercury poisoning.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a spokeswoman for the company told the newspaper.
“Verizon is working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Dallas County Health and Human Services to provide consumers with the best information available.”
Health officials in Texas are working with the company on how to monitor for mercury in homes and buildings, said Dr. James M. Johnson, an epidemiologist at Texas A&M University School of Public Health.
He said he expects to receive an update on the health status of the home within two weeks.
Verison reported last week that it had found contaminated water in a water system used by residents in a small Dallas suburb.
The company said that it was not aware of any other incidents.
Verision Health Insurance is a subsidiary of a company that owns the Houston Texans.
The Texans, who also are owned by a company called UnitedHealth, declined to comment on the reports.