It is now 15-years since 9/11, yet many of the first responders as well as survivors on the scene that fateful morning are reportedly only now experiencing Health related issues directly related to the disaster.
In fact, as of August 2016, the World Trace Center Health Program has reported the death of 1,140 members, while documented cases of Cancers Connected to exposure to the dust and chemical smoke.
In fact, as of August 2016, the World Trace Center Health Program has reported the death of 1,140 members, while documented cases of cancers connected to exposure to the dust and chemical fallout from the destroyed towers have tripled in the past 2-years to more than 5,441.
In comparison, the death toll of those who perished when the 2-planes hit the towers numbered 2,753, with an additional 234 killed aboard United Airlines flight 93 when it crashed in Shanksville, PA.
In the meantime, the CDC reports that nearly 75,000 people are currently being monitored for 9/11 illnesses across the country, Nearly 56,600 including first responders, as well as clean-up crews, recovery units and other volunteers who toiled for weeks and months breathing in toxic air polluted with dust from the downed buildings.
In addition to the New Yorkers at Ground Zero, thousands of others from different states, including both volunteers who came to help, as well as former residents who moved away from the lower Manhattan neighborhood over the years, are eligible for health care under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, which was set up to provide medical screening for all those directly affected by 9/11.
Among these include a former NYPD police offer who was operated in February for an infected polyp in his sinuses that had eaten away at the bone and exposed his brain cavity, and a firefighter stricken with pancreatic cancer first diagnosed in 2013.
In addition to various types of cancers, the top 10 conditions covered under the program include rhinosinusitis, Respiratory disorder, WTC-related COPD, sleep apnea, anxiety, and depression. Other new cases cropping up also include mesothelioma , neuropathy, and other nerve disorders.
At the same time, the FDNY Union is seeking to have autoimmune di In addition, medical experts are now concerned about the genetic effects may turn up in future generations (children and grandchildren) connected to those who exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero back in 2001.
The Zadroga Act was named in honor of New York City Police Detective James Zadroga who died in 2006 from exposure to toxic chemicals at Ground Zero. He joined the NYPD in 1992. Until 9/11 he was said to have been a healthy man, a non-smoker, with no known history of asthma or other respiratory conditions.
However, within weeks of spending more than 450 hours during the rescue operations at the World Trade Center, he developed a persistent cough, which progressed to shortness of breath and an inability to walk distances more than 100 feet without gasping for air.
Still, it was not until 2004 that the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund awarded him a monetary settlement over $1M after ruling that his exposure to dust at Ground Zero had caused his respiratory illness.
It should be noted that the Federal Government did not pass the Zadroga Act until 2010. Although set to expire last year, Congress voted to reauthorize the funds, and all monitoring of responders and their offspring will now be funded until 2090.
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