August 6, 2003
Their findings, presented at the 36th Annual Society of Epidemiological Research Meeting in Atlanta in June, revealed significantly elevated tuberculosis mortality, in descending order of proportionate mortality ratios, adjusted for age, sex and race, associated with: (1) offices and clinics of health practitioners; (2) nonmetallic mining and quarrying, except fuel; (3) agricultural production, crops; (4) coal mining; (5) hospitals; and (6) construction.
Occupations associated with significantly elevated TB mortality were: (1) crushing and grinding machine operators; (2) farm workers; (3) mining machine operators; (4) construction laborers.
The researchers reported that "industries and occupations involving mining and construction with significantly elevated tuberculosis mortality were also associated with high silicosis mortality." They believe their "findings may be useful in guiding occupationally targeted tuberculosis prevention programs."
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