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Biomed Environ Sci. 1990 Jun;3(2):156-65.

An investigation of crocidolite contamination and mesothelioma in a rural area of China.

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Department of Occupational Health, School of Public Health, West China University of Medical Sciences, Chengdu, Sichuan.


Crocidolite was found to be ubiquitous in a county in southwestern China. It had been widely used in the making of road pavement, stoves, wall paint, etc. The environmental levels of the asbestos fibers were determined. Of the 2175 local residents examined, 16 had asbestosis and 232 had pleural plaques. These clinical manifestations were noted mainly in patients over 50 years of age.

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