Respiratory Illnesses

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Respiratory illnesses, diseases, and malignancies caused by exposures at work are a problem of major magnitude, cutting across all industrial sectors, all elements of NIOSH, and accounting for a large percentage of all occupational disease mortality. Work-related illnesses and diseases include allergies, asthma, influenza, pneumoconioses, tuberculosis, obliterative bronchiolitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), silicosis, and mesothelioma.

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