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Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S)

This ODH factsheet answers many common questions about hydrogen sulfide (H2S), including:

  • What is H2S and how does it get into the environment?

  • How does H2S get into my body?

  • Can I get sick from H2S?

  • Does H2S cause cancer?

  • Can a test show if I have H2S in my body?

  • Where can I get more information?


Local health departments are encouraged to print these factsheets for distribution in the event of a public health incident involving H2S.


This factsheet may be updated periodically as new scientific information becomes available or as regulations change. You can find the date of the most recent updates to this factsheet inside the PDF.