Twin Tower collapse on 9/11 leads to increased asthma in victims exposed to the World Trade Center dust cloud. Rescue and recovery workers have a higher incidence of asthma than passersby at the 9/11 Twin Tower attack site.
Manhattan New York personal injury law news-Centers for Disease Control says dust clouds from the collapse of the World Trade Center increased diagnosis of asthma.
New York, NY–A compilation of statistics, in a recent study of people exposed to intense dust clouds after the 9/11 collapse of the World Trade Center twin towers, reveals 13.5% developed asthma compared with 8.4% who had no dust cloud exposure. Researchers in Atlanta and New York City reported the new findings, on Tuesday, as reported by CNN and Health.com. The findings were from a survey of more than 46,000 adults from November 2006 through December 2007, which covered statistics of five to six years after the terrorist attacks. Twin Tower rescue and recovery workers had an even higher incidence than passersby with a 12.2% diagnosis of asthma compared to passersby at 8.4%.
Asthma is a lung condition caused by inflammation and swelling of the airway. Asthma causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and a full blown untreated attack may even lead to death. Dust, mold, perfumes and other particulate matter typically irritates people who suffer from asthma and can provoke an attack. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov led a research team comprised of New York City and Columbia University researchers who reviewed the long-term health affects of Ground Zero exposure to numerous groups of people based on numerous sources.
The World Trade Center Health Registry has more than 71,000 registered victims consisting of rescue and recovery workers, lower Manhattan office workers, nearby residents and registered passersby. The registry is considered the largest list of post disaster exposure in United States history. The bottom line with the new released data after lengthy reviews by numerous participating researchers and organizations in post 9/11 exposure is alarming. Physical, mental, and emotional illnesses and diseases of people affected by the World Trade Center bombings, and subsequent collapse of the Twin Towers, confirms people exposed had a higher incidence of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. The closer to the fateful day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks the exposure occurred, the higher the incidence of asthma. Rescue and recovery workers plus area residents, employees, and passersby are still suffering. We are still discovering the horrific ramifications from the World Trade Center tragedy.
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Division of Epidmiology participated in the study and further revealed the catastrophic incidence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among adults with no prior history of the chronic and long-lasting mental and emotional disorder. Since 9/11, PTSD has been reported in 23.8% of adults post 9/11, with an increase in symptoms over time, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) http://jama.ama-assn.org/.
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