2% of surface miners develop black lung, CDC finds
New research by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention has found that two percent of surface miners test positive for black lung disease, or coal workers’ pneumoconiosis. Researchers are alarmed by the number and expected the figure to be essentially zero.
Forty-six of the 2,257 surface miners tested had black lung. Federal regulations only requires monitoring of the disease for underground coal miners because it has been long believed that surface miners were not often strongly affected by the dust.
Black lung is an incurable and irreversible disease that can lead to fibrosis, inflammation, and necrosis caused by inhaling coal dust.
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