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Document ID (ISN)100817
CIS number 02-1648
ISSN - Serial title 0025-7818 - Medicina del lavoro
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ascoli V., Fantini F., Carnovale-Scalzo C., Blasetti F., Bruno C., Di Domenicantonio R., Lo Presti E., Pasetto R., Nardi F., Comba P.
Title Malignant mesothelioma in the industrial area of Colleferro
Original title Mesotelioma maligno nel comprensorio industriale di Colleferro [in Italian]
Bibliographic information Nov.-Dec. 2000, Vol.91, No.6, p.547-564. 32 ref.
Abstract The occurrence of pleural and peritoneal malignant mesothelioma among workers in a large chemical plant near Rome in Italy is analysed. The plant produces organic chemicals, acid mixtures, insecticides and explosives. It is also involved in the manufacturing of rail rolling stock. Asbestos was extensively used in the past. Hospital records reveal 18 cases of malignant mesothelioma (pleural/peritoneal ratio of 2.75:1) among workers and/or residents. In the area surrounding the same chemical plant the incidence of confirmed mesothelioma per 100,000 is 10.1 among men and 4.1 among women, which are the highest rates reported so far in Italy. Besides confirming the risk of mesothelioma in railroad rolling stock manufacturing and asbestos-insulated pipe maintenance workers, a cluster of malignant mesothelioma is also identified in explosives production workers.
Descriptors (primary) manufacturing industries; peritoneal mesothelioma; pleural mesothelioma; asbestos
Descriptors (secondary) Italy; pipes and fittings; railway equipment; chemical plant; explosives industry; occupational health survey; epidemiologic study; job-exposure relation; files
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceItaly
Subject(s) Dust, aerosols and related diseases
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Gastrointestinal diseases
Asbestos
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)