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Concerns are rising about the number of people potentially affected by beryllium disease. At the time, there were no safety standards for working in a beryllium plant and many people may have been directly or indirectly exposed to it. Even wives washing uniforms may have come into contact. Beryllium is a carcinogen. Symptoms of beryllium poisoning may not become evident for 40 years, beryllium sensitivity and chronic beryllium disease include shortness of breath, sudden weight loss, tiredness, skin problems and night sweats. Treatment can be effective if the disease is diagnosed early enough.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Bradenton
About: Beryllium disease may not become evident for 40 years
Date: 7 November 2004
Author: Donna Wright
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