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    Lung Ailments May Force 500 Firefighters Off Job

    Lung Ailments May Force 500 Firefighters Off Job

    By DENISE GRADY and ANDREW C. REVKIN


    As many as 500 New York City firefighters may have to retire early as a result of "respiratory disability," chronic breathing problems caused by their exposure to dense clouds of dust, smoke and fumes at the World Trade Center, health officials said yesterday.

    The potential departure of the firefighters comes as the department is still struggling to deal with the loss of 341 firefighters and 2 paramedics, who were among the 2,801 people killed in the collapse of the twin towers after the attack on Sept. 11.

    As of Aug. 28, 358 firefighters and 5 emergency medical workers were still on medical leave or light duty because of respiratory disorders that began after they worked at the site. Symptoms include persistent cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and other asthma-like symptoms, sinus inflammation and heartburn.

    David J. Prezant, deputy chief medical officer of the New York Fire Department, said doctors did not know exactly what the affected workers had been exposed to, or whether they would get better or worse. Many, he said, worried about whether they would develop more serious lung diseases or cancer.

    Their current problems are thought to have been caused by the inhalation and swallowing of fine particles created by the fires and building collapse. Workers who had the heaviest exposure

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    Hundreds of Bravest still sick, study shows

    Hundreds of Bravest still sick, study shows

    NEWS WIRE SERVICES

    A new study released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says hundreds of New York City firefighters and emergency personnel have developed serious respiratory and stress-related illnesses since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    The study, published yesterday, revealed that 358 firefighters and five emergency medical service personnel involved in rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center had been placed on medical leave or light duty assignments because of respiratory problems.

    City officials estimate that 500 firefighters might eventually qualify for disability retirement because of chronic respiratory illnesses.

    The majority of the sick firefighters, many of whom had not used proper safety gear, have "WTC Cough," a combination of sinus congestion and irritation of the throat, lower airways and esophageal tract.

    FDNY chief medical officer Dr. David Prezant said the findings backed up the belief that many of the 11,000 firefighters involved in the rescue and recovery effort had been exposed to a tremendous toxic dust cloud.

    "Large numbers are coming down with asthma or reactive airways dysfunction syndrome," said Prezant, who noted that lengthy exposure to airborne particles could be toxic, even if the particles did not contain asbestos or chemicals.

    In addition to those with respiratory illnesses, an additional 213 firefighters and rescue workers remain on leave with stress-related problems, according to the CDC report. Stress-related disorders in New York firefighters increased seventeenfold in the 11 months after the attacks, the report added.

    A separate study also released yesterday by the CDC suggested that hundreds of people living in lower Manhattan near the Trade Center site had experienced physical problems, including nose and throat irritation. Thousands of others may have been at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder.


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