We expect additional cases of mesothelioma, as well as other asbestos-related diseases...
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) January 17, 2015
Scientists at the Health Sciences University of Mongolia are warning the country to set up an asbestos disease registry to keep track of mesothelioma cases after the first case of the disease was identified in a power plant worker. Click here to read the full story on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Doctors in the School of Public Health say Mongolia’s first mesothelioma case is a 47-year-old woman who spent 28 years in a coal-burning thermal power plant. Asbestos was heavily used in Mongolian power plants, as it has been elsewhere in the world.
“We expect additional cases of mesothelioma, as well as other asbestos-related diseases, will be identified in the future,” writes occupational hygienist Dr. Naransukh Damiran.
The report in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health recommends that Mongolia set up a registry to track future mesothelioma cases.
“Power plant workers in the U.S. already know about the dangers now that many of them have contracted mesothelioma from unprotected work around asbestos,” says Alex Strauss, Managing Editor of Surviving Mesothelioma. “This study is just another reminder that the risk is still very real.”
Asbestos was widely used in U.S. power plants as an insulator for boilers, turbines and generators. For more on mesothelioma risk in power plant workers, see Power Plant Mesothelioma Case May Be Just the Start for Mongolia, now available on the Surviving Mesothelioma website.
Damiran, N, “Mesothelioma in Mongolia: case report”, January 13, 2015, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, Epub ahead of print, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25582747
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