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Study Links Serious Lung Illness To Work At WTC Site

May 8, 2007 | A new study released today proves what World Trade Center rescue workers say they've known all along that working among the dust and debris at the site has caused serious damage to their lungs.

A study by doctors from the Fire Department and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says cases of a rare type of lung disease soared in the year after the WTC collapsed.

The study published in the journal Chest found 15 firefighters and rescue workers were diagnosed with a disease called Sarcoidosis in the year after the collapse. That's compared to an average of two to four cases per year in the 15 years before September 11th.

Sarcoidosis is a disease where lungs and other organs become inflamed. The disease can be treated, but in some cases it can be deadly.

This is the first study to clearly link working in the World Trade Center debris, to serious illness.

All other studies have only cited coughing and breathing problems associated with working at the site.

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