Study shows some 9/11 rescue workers in NJ suffer from breathing problems

According to a recent study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, many rescue and recovery workers who worked at Ground Zero have new and persistent respiratory problems. Many of those workers are from New Jersey. Doctor James Prudan, the Chairman of Emergency Services at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, worked at Ground Zero for several days following the attacks, and he has treated many of those cases. Prudan says he's not surprised to see people still suffering from the after-effects of being exposed to dust and other materials. He says it's possible some workers could face more severe problems from inhaling asbestos or mercury depending on the elements to which they were exposed. Within a year after the World Trade Center attacks, many who worked at Ground Zero found themselves suffering from breathing problems. The CDC analyzed more than 1,100 workers -- many of whom suffer from problems such as asthma, constant coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, stuffy nose, facial pains and chest tightness.

The CDC says their study is the first to show that workers at the World Trade Center site suffered respiratory symptoms over a prolonged period of time.

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