Work-Related Asthma Affects Millions of U.S. Adults
Almost 16 percent of American adults with asthma either developed the condition on the job or have asthma symptoms made worse by conditions in their workplace. That adds up to an estimated 1.9 million cases of work-related asthma in the 22 states that were part of the CDC study. "Work-related asthma is associated with increased disability, mortality, and adverse social and economic outcomes,” said one of the lead researchers. Many people who have asthma flare-ups at work experience poor quality of life, loss of income and unemployment.