Skip to comments.Survey Shows a High Rate of Asthma at Ground Zero
Posted on 08/28/2007 8:57:24 PM PDT by neverdem
Rescue and recovery workers at ground zero have developed asthma at a rate that is 12 times what would be expected for adults, according to findings released yesterday by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Of nearly 26,000 workers surveyed in 2003 and 2004, 926 reported that they developed asthma for the first time after working at ground zero (a rate of 3.6 percent). In a group that size, under normal conditions, no more than 77 new cases of asthma (0.3 percent) would have been expected, according to the report, which is published in the current issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, a science and health journal.
The health department also found that workers who arrived at ground zero on Sept. 11, when the dust cloud and smoke from the fires were thickest and respirator masks were least available, had the highest risk of developing asthma in the aftermath of the disaster.
And the rates of new asthma increased the longer workers remained at ground zero, with the risk of developing the disease increasing roughly 3 percent for every 10 days at the site. The study concluded that protective breathing equipment like respirator masks did have a moderate protective effect on workers who wore them.
It is reasonable to conclude that the early initiation and consistent use of appropriate respiratory protection may have further prevented additional cases of new-onset asthma, the report stated.
The study was based on telephone interviews with workers who enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Registry, a large effort by the city and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study the effect of 9/11 on health.
This corroborates with other studies to say that the risk of respiratory symptoms in workers was elevated after 9/11, said Lorna Thorpe, the...
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Dust has a role in asthma. Film at eleven.
It’s all the fairy dust that emits from the Twuthers hanging around Ground Zero. Walk past them at your peril.
When I was younger, I was self-employed as a general contractor.
I did a LOT of re-modeling and I learned that every time I opened up an old horse-hair plaster wall, I'd develope a case of strep throat. When I knew I had that kind of a job, I made sure I had a stash of anti-biotic(s).
I deduced that the horse hair used in the late 1800's and into the 30's and 40's to strengthen plaster was in fact, dead animal ... and that after years of being sealed from humanity by coats of paint and/or wallpaper ... the moment I broke it and the dust started to fly, I'd inhale some and ... Yep! ... a sore throat of strep proportions.
Another of my theories is ... the first time you turn the AC on in your car, after being stagnant all winter ... same thing (I get a sore throat and hoarse every early summer when it begins to get hot)
Assuming I'm not too far from wrong ... I'm surprised there hasn't been an outbreak of more than Athsma from that billowing and lingering dust cload from that horrible day.
There must be a collective billions of people's breath that had been trapped in at least the concrete.