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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 Feb 13;64(5):129-30.

Notes from the field: silicosis in a countertop fabricator - Texas, 2014.


In May 2014, the Texas Department of State Health Services was notified of a case of silicosis with progressive massive fibrosis in a Hispanic male aged 37 years who worked for an engineered stone countertop company as a polisher, laminator, and fabricator. He was exposed to dust for 10 years from working with conglomerate or quartz surfacing materials containing 70%-90% crystalline silica. This is the first reported case of silicosis associated with exposure to quartz surfacing materials in North America.

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