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Older Buildings With Asbestos Put Firefighters at Risk for Mesothelioma

Firefighters are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma than the general public, and this is a direct result of asbestos in buildings that were built decades ago. That reality came to the forefront this month as more than 100 Austin, Texas firefighters were potentially exposed to asbestos at a three-alarm fire in the city’s warehouse district. An Austin Fire Department spokeswoman said they were sending approximately 115 individuals for X-rays as a precautionary measure. Read the story.

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