The Naples Public Health Evaluation is a comprehensive study of the health risks associated with potential exposure to chemicals in the environment resulting from the area's waste disposal practices. The Campania Region of Italy has experienced numerous challenges associated with trash collection, open burning of uncollected trash and illegal waste disposal practices. In response to health concerns expressed by U.S. Navy personnel in 2007, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia contacted the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center to conduct a comprehensive public health evaluation to assess the potential health risks for U.S. personnel living in the Naples area.
The Naples Public Health Evaluation began in January 2008 and was completed in June 2011. The study involved the collection of tap water, irrigation water, soil, soil gas and air samples. The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center also conducted epidemiological studies - focusing on birth defects, cancer and asthma - and a food study. The food study focused on vegetables and poultry grown near the Campania Region and sold at the Navy Commissary at the Support Site in Gricignano. The Navy also conducted an extensive review of Italian scientific literature and media reports.
At no time should the information found on this web site serve as a replacement for seeking medical support from the U.S. Navy's Naval hospital environmental health/preventive medicine department. For your personal environmental health questions contact the Preventive Medicine team at: