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9/11 rescuers suffer permanent lung damage

A new study has revealed that the rescue workers who operated in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York have suffered lasting lung damage after exposure to dust.

world Updated: Apr 09, 2010 08:35 IST

A new study has revealed that the rescue workers who operated in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York have suffered lasting lung damage after exposure to dust.

The seven-year study published in the New England Journal of Medicine was led by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Centre, reports telegraph.co.uk.

The study revealed that health of nearly 13,000 rescue workers from the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) have suffered serious lung damage after exposure to dust in the 9/11 aftermath, reports telegraph.co.uk.

David Prezant, professor of medicine and senior author of the study, said: "This exposure was so unique that no one could have predicted the impact on lung function."

"We demonstrated dramatic decline in lung function, mostly in the first six months after 9/11 and these declines persisted with little or no meaningful recovery of lung function among FDNY rescue workers - firefighters and emergency medical service workers over the next six-and-a-half years," he added.

The worst affected were those on the scene on the morning of 9/11 when the dust cloud was at its most intense.