A new study released this month shows state employees who worked at the World Trade Center site after the toxic dust cloud cleared are suffering from the same respiratory problems as workers who were there during the actual September 11th terrorist attacks — just to a lower degree.
The study by the New York State Department of Health looked at more than 1,400 state police, National Guard members, and state Department of Transportation workers, including 110 who were in the dust cloud when the Twin Towers fell.
Of those studied, one-third arrived during the first two days after the attacks and 57 percent arrived before Sept. 16, 2001.
The study found nearly 47 percent of workers not caught in the dust cloud reported lower respiratory problems, compared with a little more than 57 percent of those caught in the dust cloud.
Of those not caught in the cloud, 33 percent said they suffered from psychological symptoms — compared to just over 36 percent of those directly exposed to the cloud.
The report was published in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.