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Ailments linger in most ground zero workers, study says

A majority of ground zero workers screened for health problems 10 to 11 months after the terrorist attacks still showed lung, throat or mental ailments, according to preliminary findings released Monday. The federal screening program found that 52 percent of workers suffered from ear, nose and throat ailments, 46 percent showed pulmonary symptoms and 52 percent reported such mental health problems as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their work in and around the dusty, smoky rubble. The findings are alarming, said Dr. Robin Herbert, co-director of Mount Sinai Medical Center’s screening program for World Trade Center workers. “Our preliminary findings clearly demonstrate the need for the immediate screening of the WTC responders, as well as the provision of medical follow-up,” he said. Full Story

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