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Nearly 5 million adults have work-related asthma

Nearly 5 million adults have work-related asthma
March 4, 2017

ATLANTA — Data showed as many as 4.7 million working adults have work-related asthma, with health care support workers facing the most significant risk, according to findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

“Workers in certain industries and occupations may be at an increased risk for work-related asthma and asthma attacks in relation to work,” Jacek M. Mazurek, MD, MS, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, CDC, Morgantown, West Virginia, told Healio Family Medicine. “The high asthma prevalence among certain industries and occupations suggests substantial contribution of occupational exposures to the overall burden of asthma.”

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