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Lyme disease in construction: hazard alert.

Authors
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Source
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2002 May; :1-2
NIOSHTIC No.
20039603
Abstract
Construction workers who work outdoors are at increased risk of Lyme disease. You can get Lyme disease after a deer tick feeds on you. The deer tick is found in most of the United States. But the Lyme disease problem is worst in northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central states: Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Doctors on Long Island, New York, tested 396 building trades workers and found 43 had Lyme disease. Three of them had the disease long enough to need intravenous antibiotics for 6 weeks, costing thousands of dollars each. The rate of infection among the construction workers who worked outdoors on Long Island - 13 percent - was twice the rate for the whole Long Island population.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Disease-control; Disease-prevention; Disease-transmission; Disease-vectors; Outdoors; Insect-venom; Insects; Infection-control
Contact
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 2091
Publication Date
20020501
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Lyme Disease in Construction: Hazard Alert
State
MD
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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