We report here on a diffuse pleural mesothelioma in the wife of a shipyard machinist with quantitative evidence of substantial lung asbestos fibre burden from domestic contact. Although previous reports have documented an increased risk of asbestos related diseases among household contacts of asbestos industry workers, to our knowledge this is the first to provide data on actual lung fibre burden. This report suggests that such household contamination can result in 'bystander' exposure levels similar to those found in the industrial setting.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health