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Mesothelioma Associated With Commercial Use of Vermiculite Containing Libby Amphibole
Objectives : To describe asbestos-related mortality among manufacturing workers who expanded and processed Libby vermiculite that contained amphibole fiber. Methods : Standardized mortality ratio was calculated for 465 white male workers 31 years after last Libby vermiculite exposure. Results : Two workers died from mesothelioma, resulting in a significantly increased standardized mortality ratio of 10.5 (95% confidence interval, 1.3 to 38.0). These workers were in the upper 10th percentile of cumulative fiber exposure, that is, 43.80 and 47.23 fiber-years/cm3, respectively. One additional worker...

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