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Document ID (ISN)103203
CIS number 04-156
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kjellstrom T.E.
Title The epidemic of asbestos-related diseases in New Zealand
Bibliographic information Apr.-June 2004, Vol.10, No.2, p.212-219. Illus. 18 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract New Zealand is a small country with a big asbestos disease problem. The lack of action on warnings in the 1960s and 1970s led to epidemics of mesothelioma and asbestosis, which can be clearly documented in the death and cancer registers. In addition, an uncertain number of lung cancers due to asbestos exposure have occurred. The epidemic started in the 1980s, and will eventually have cost the lives of at least 2,000 to 3,000 workers. Prevention against ongoing exposures from asbestos installed in buildings is essential. Finally, one should ensure that fair workers' compensation is provided to all victims of asbestos diseases in New Zealand.
Descriptors (primary) New Zealand; epidemiology; asbestos; occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) mesothelioma; compensation of occupational diseases; statistical trends; smoking; mortality; frequency rates; lung cancer; asbestosis; role of government; sex-linked differences; history; pleural mesothelioma
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Asbestos