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Physical and mental health symptoms among NYC transit workers seven and one-half months after the WTC attacks.

Authors
Tapp-LC; Baron-S; Bernard-B; Driscoll-R; Mueller-C; Wallingford-K
Source
Am J Ind Med 2005 Jun; 47(6):475-483
NIOSHTIC No.
20027216
Abstract
On September 11, 2001, 600-800 New York City transit (NYCT) workers were working near the World Trade Center (WTC) Towers. After the disaster, employees reported physical and mental health symptoms related to the event. Two hundred sixty-nine NYC transit employees were surveyed for mental and physical health symptoms 7(1/2) months after the WTC disaster. Workers in the dust cloud at the time of the WTC collapse had significantly higher risk of persistent lower respiratory (OR = 9.85; 95% CI: 2.24, 58.93) and mucous membrane (OR = 4.91; 95% CI: 1.53, 16.22) symptoms, depressive symptoms (OR = 2.48; 95% CI: 1.12, 5.51), and PTSD symptoms (OR = 2.91; 95% CI: 1.003, 8.16) compared to those not exposed to the dust cloud. Additional WTC exposures and potential confounders were also analyzed. Clinical follow up for physical and psychological health conditions should be provided for public transportation workers in the event of a catastrophic event.
Keywords
Mental-health; Workers; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respirable-dust; Dusts; Dust-exposure; Exposure-levels; Exposure-assessment
Contact
Loren C. Tapp, Medical Officer Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, R-10, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20050601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
let7@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
OH
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