Silicosis deaths among young adults - United States,1968-1994.
MMWR 1998 May; 47(16):331-335
This is a potentially fatal and typically chronic fibrotic lung disease caused by occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust (1). In the United States, most silicosis-associated deaths occur among persons aged >65 years®MDNM¯®MDNM¯(2), often following many years of silica dust exposure. However, the continuing occurrence of silicosis deaths in young adults reflects relatively recent overexposures, some of sufficient magnitude to cause severe diseases and death after relatively short periods of exposure. This report describes deaths among two young adults with silicosis and underscores the risk for deaths from silicosis at relatively young ages.
Lung-disease; Dust-inhalation; Dust-exposure; Sand-blasting; Exposure-levels; Silica-dusts; Silicosis; Respirable-dust; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Silica-dusts; Silicate-miners; Silicates; Silicon-compounds
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report