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Notice to Readers Availability of Surveillance Report on Work-Related Lung Diseases

CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released the Work-Related Lung Disease (WoRLD) Surveillance Report, 1996. This report, the fourth in the series, summarizes occupational respiratory disease surveillance data, focusing on pneumoconiosis (asbestosis, coal workers' pneumoconiosis, silicosis, byssinosis, unspecified/other pneumoconioses) mortality surveillance. The report is organized into two sections -- United States and States. The U.S. section updates pneumoconiosis mortality surveillance data presented in the 1994 WoRLD report, by incorporating new data for 1991 and 1992, and includes exposure data for asbestos, silica, coal mine dust and a combined pneumoconiotic agent category. The States section provides state-by-state profiles of pneumoconiosis mortality surveillance data and is intended to provide a snapshot of each state's pneumoconiosis mortality from 1968 to 1992.

Copies of the 1996 WoRLD report are available from Surveillance Section, Epidemiological Investigations Branch, Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, NIOSH, CDC, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888; fax (304) 285-6111; e-mail

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