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Mortality patterns among textile workers.
Daum-SM; Heimann-H; Damon-F; Richter-E; Selikoff-IJ
Cotton Dust 1975; :1-5
The total mortality and causes of death in cotton mill workers (SIC- 726 women who had worked for a minimum of 3 years in cotton mills were analyzed and compared to state and national mortality data adjusted for age and sex. There was no significant correlation between mortality and years of exposure to cotton dust or years since onset of work in the mill. There was no significant increase in total mortality or cause specific mortality in men who had worked in the mill for more than 20 years. In the category of other respiratory diseases, which included bronchitis and emphysema but excluded cancer, pneumonia, and influenza, the observed to expected ratio was significantly elevated in women who had worked more than 20 years in the mill but not in men; this increase was the only significant finding for the cotton mill cohort. The authors conclude that the mortality rate and pattern in this group of cotton mill workers is not different from that of the general population.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-71-0009; Cotton-industry; Health-surveys; Plant-dusts; Mortality-rates; Textiles-industry; Textile-workers; Dust-exposure; Lung-disorders; Sex-factors
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