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Document ID (ISN)111023
CIS number 10-0556
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mauer M.P., Herdt-Losavio M.L., Carlson G.A.
Title Asthma and lower respiratory symptoms in New York State employees who responded to the World Trade Center disaster
Bibliographic information Jan. 2010, Vol.83, No.1, p.21-27. 33 ref.
Internet access Asthma_and_lower_respiratory_symptoms.pdf [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate whether New York State employees who responded to the World Trade Center disaster were more likely to report asthma or lower respiratory symptoms (LRS), namely cough, wheeze, chest tightness and shortness of breath than non-exposed employees, two years after the terrorist attack. Participants (578 exposed, 702 non-exposed) completed mailed questionnaires in 2003. A specially-developed exposure assessment method was used and exposure scores were subjected to Poisson regression analysis. Findings are discussed. It is concluded that even moderately-exposed responders may experience health impacts from exposures in later stages of a disaster. Exposure to smoke may have had a greater lower respiratory impact than re-suspended dust.
Descriptors (primary) New York; airborne dust; smoke; respiratory diseases; asthma; disasters
Descriptors (secondary) USA; latency; dyspnoea; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; case-control study; statistical evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNew York
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)