State health officials are investigating an apparent cluster of silicosis and are reminding physicians to report suspected cases of the severe, often fatal lung disease.
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has issued a health advisory after receiving a report of multiple silicosis cases among workers who could’ve been exposed to silica dust while manufacturing, finishing, and installing stone countertops.
“There are no reported silica exposures to consumers from countertops in their homes,” the advisory said.
Silicosis is caused by inhaling very fine particles of crystalline silica dust over a long period of time. There is no cure.
Texas law requires physicians, health care providers, hospitals, laboratories, and other designated professionals to report confirmed or suspected cases of silicosis and asbestosis to DSHS.
Find more information on reporting requirements and how to report a case on the DSHS website.
Last Updated On
April 10, 2019