CDC: about nine percent of asthma cases caused, worsened by work-related exposures

May 29, 2012

HealthDay (5/25, Preidt) reports, “About nine percent of all asthma cases in the United States are caused or made worse by work-related exposures,” according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, which was published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, indicates that “state-by-state rates of workplace-related asthma ranged from 4.8 percent (Arizona) to just over 14 percent (Florida).” The report, which used “2006-09 data from 38 states and the District of Columbia, also suggests that older workers and those in certain ethnic or minority groups are most at risk.”

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