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NEW YORK AP -- Dozens of teachers and students at a high school next to the World Trade Center site are having trouble breathing and school officials have brought in an epidemiology team to find out why About 80 of the Stuyvesant High Schools 3200 students and teachers have complained of respiratory problems headaches and nausea since returning to classes October 9 A few students are wearing respirator masks to school four blocks north of where the twin towers once stood It smells bad and I know there are other things in the air that are harmful to my health said Joseph Lew 16 who left school Thursday with a white mask over his nose and mouth Alex Menglide and Paola Conery both 14 also held respirator masks Stuyvesant school administrators brought in an epidemiology team to find out why some students such as Ruofei Xiang right and June Liang both 15 are having trouble breathing We just want to be on the safe side said Menglide admitting Its not exactly the cool thing to do One problem could be the elevated levels of carbon dioxide because only 10 percent of the buildings air had been coming from outside compared to 25 percent before September 11 a school spokeswoman said On Thursday that level was restored Epidemiologists began examining indoor air quality data Wednesday Outdoor tests have indicated no problematic levels of asbestos or toxins We just want to have an abundance of caution here said Karen Finney a spokeswoman for the school A doctor and nurse from the Department of Health have been at the high school since it reopened
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