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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Asthma Rate 12X Higher Among 9/11 Workers

As reported by ABC News-New York, the NY health department released findings yesterday from a study on the health effects of dust and debris exposure among 9/11 workers:

The data, drawn from the World Trade Center Health Registry, show that 3.6 percent of the 25,000 rescue and recovery workers enrolled in the Registry reported developing asthma after working at the site. The rate is 12 times what would be normally expected for the adult population during such a time period.

The rescue and recovery workers are a subset of the 71,000 people enrolled in the registry.

The survey, conducted in 2003 and 2004, found that arriving soon after the buildings collapsed or working on the WTC pile over a long period increased the workers' risk of developing asthma. Workers who arrived on September 11, 2001, and worked more than 90 days reported the highest rate of new asthma (7 percent).

These findings could be potentially relevant in the pending class action against NYC by 9/11 workers seeking compensation for respiratory illnesses allegedly caused by exposure to 9/11 dust.  (Prior posts here and here). 


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