Jessup Elementary Cancer Cases Probed

January 22, 1991

An unusual number of cancer cases at Jessup Elementary School has triggered an investigation by county health officials.

Seven staff members at the 630-student school have contracted cancer, including atleast five teachers, officials said.

No student is involved in the investigation.

Health officials are trying to determine whether the cancer cases are related, said Evelyn Stein, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel Health Department.

Ifthe cancer cases appear related, investigators will look for asbestos, lead-tainted water or other environmental problems, she said.

The investigation started last week, and health officials still are unsure whether the cancer cases are even linked, she said.

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