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Silicosis deaths among young adults - United States,1968-1994.
MMWR 1998 May; 47(16):331-335
Silicosis 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 greater than or equal to 65 years (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 disease 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
Issue of Publication
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Page last reviewed: October 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division