Rescue workers still sick years after 9/11 attacks

Other News Materials 6 February 2009 02:58 (UTC +04:00)

Years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, many rescue workers are still suffering from breathing and lung problems, a study by Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York said, dpa reported.

The research found 24 per cent of 3,000 patients were still suffering from abnormal lung function between 2004 and 2007, local television station NY 1 reported Thursday. An earlier study looking at the years from 2002 to 2004 found 28 per cent of patients had lung problems.

The workers were exposed to dangerous dust and steam from the collapse of the 110 storey twin towers of the World Trade Center.