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Physical health status of World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers and volunteers - New York City, July 2002 - August 2004.

Authors
Levin-SM; Herbert-R; Moline-JM; Todd-AC; Stevenson-L; Landsbergis-P; Jiang-S; Skloot-G; Baron-S; Enright-P
Source
MMWR 2004 Sep; 53(35):807-810, 812
NIOSHTIC No.
20025407
Abstract
In the months after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC), concerns grew about the health consequences of exposures sustained by persons involved in the rescue and recovery response. In addition to the estimated 10,000 Fire Department of New York (FDNY) personnel, an estimated 30,000 other workers and volunteers potentially were exposed to numerous psychological stressors, environmental toxins, and other physical hazards. These concerns prompted CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to support the WTC Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, which provided free, standardized medical assessments, clinical referrals, and occupational health education for workers and volunteers exposed to hazards during the WTC rescue and recovery effort. During July 16, 2002-August 6, 2004, the program evaluated 11,768 non-FDNY workers and volunteers. This report summarizes data analyzed from a subset of 1,138 of the 11,768 participants evaluated at Mount Sinai School of Medicine during July 16-December 31, 2002. These data indicated that a substantial proportion of participants experienced new-onset or worsened preexisting lower and upper respiratory symptoms, with frequent persistence of symptoms for months after their WTC response work stopped. These findings underscore the need for comprehensive health assessment and treatment for workers and volunteers participating in rescue and recovery efforts.
Keywords
Physical-reactions; Physical-stress; Physiological-factors; Region-2; Rescue-workers; Medical-examinations; Medical-screening; Occupational-health-programs; Surveillance-programs; Questionnaires
CODEN
MMWRB6
Publication Date
20040910
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U10-OH-008225; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U10-OH-008232
Issue of Publication
35
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
NY; OH
Performing Organization
Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University
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