Burden of Work Related Asthma in MA

(December 3, 2012)

The Massachusetts Department of Health recently released its Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin looking at asthma prevalence across occupations in Massachusetts using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).  The project is a joint effort of the Occupational Health Surveillance Program and the Asthma Prevention and Control Program. 

Until now, population-based estimates of the burden of asthma among MA workers in different occupations have not been available. Estimates of asthma prevalence by occupation can guide broad-based prevention and control efforts in MA and may
provide useful information for clinicians treating workers with asthma.  Read the bulletin.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health continues to conduct surveillance of work-related asthma, based on healthcare providers’ reports of suspect and confirmed work-related asthma.  All cases should be reported to the confidential fax number 617 624-5696 using this form.

Do you have a special interest in occupational asthma?  Don’t miss our Worcester Pulmonary Symposium on March 6, 2013, in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Dr Carrie Redlich, Director at the Yale University School of Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program, will be giving a much anticipated presentation “Update on Work-related Asthma 2013 – Are you missing the diagnosis?” Find out more about the meeting.