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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session A 10

A Review of ATSDR’s Health-related Activities in Response to Asbestos-Contaminated Ore Found in Libby, Montana

Description of Session:

Vermiculite ore is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral widely used in various consumer products such as attic insulation and lawn and garden products. While most vermiculite ore does not pose a health hazard, the vermiculite mined from Libby, Montana was contaminated with naturally occurring asbestos. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has documented a significant number of asbestos-related deaths among Libby residents. Furthermore, this contaminated ore was shipped to hundreds of locations around the US for processing. While the Libby mine is now closed, people who worked in, or lived near, the Libby mine or vermiculite processing facilities may have been exposed to hazardous levels of asbestos while the facilities were in operation. Exposure to asbestos can cause life-threatening health conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. This presentation details some of the various follow-up activities that have been conducted to date—by ATSDR and partnering state health departments—to help evaluate the potential health effects among Libby residents and populations throughout the US who might have been exposed.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Vikas Kapil, DO
Presenter 1: Kevin Horton, MSPH

Title of Presentation: US Health Statistics Reviews
Presenter 2: Vikas Kapil, DO

Title of Presentation: Libby, Montana Medical Screening Gastroenteritis
Presenter 3: Natalia Melnikova, MD, PhD

Title of Presentation: Mesothelioma Surveillance
Presenter 4: Oleg Muravov, MD, PhD

Title of Presentation: MN Community Survey

Presenter 5: Theodore Larson, MPH

Title of Presentation: Worker Studies

Presenter 6: Barbara Anderson, PE

Title of Presentation: Exposure Assessments
Presenter 7: Steve Dearwent, PhD