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Could the West fertilizer plant explosion be affecting your health years later? Study aims to find out

The city of West said on Facebook the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is conducting the study on the 2013 explosion.
Credit: Jasmin Caldwell - KCEN

WEST, Texas — The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is conducting a follow-up study on the long-term health effects of the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion on West residents, according to the City of West Facebook page. 

The city said in the post residents can participate in a survey at WestFollowUp.org or do a face-to-face interview. The online survey opened Monday, and is available until May 31. 

The city said the in-person interviews will be done between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from April 22 through May 3.

RELATED: West Plant Explosion Memorial to be unveiled in April

The post said WMCPHD officials could use the study's findings to help policy makers, health care providers and public health officials understand the long-term impact of incidents like the plant explosion. It also said the study can be a "needs assessment tool" to help guide resource allocation, referrals and increased provider awareness for West residents. 

"In summary, this study will help us better understand the long-term implications of the explosion on the community and plan interventions if needed," the post said. 

All information in the survey will stay confidential, according to its website. 

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