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Mystery surrounds spate of dentist deaths


Posted on Saturday, 10 March, 2018 | Comment icon 15 comments

Something is inflicting dentists with a progressive lung disease. Image Credit: US Navy
The CDC has been struggling to explain a cluster of deaths all involving dentists and dental workers.
According to a recent report, a total of nine dentists and dental technicians have been treated at a single Virginia care center over the last 16 years for a progressive lung disease known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. To date, seven of them have since died as a result of the condition.

What makes this particularly unusual is the fact that this accounts for one percent of the total number of patients treated during that period - a figure 23 times higher than would normally be expected.

The patients, who were all men, may have been exposed to something at work, however the CDC has so far been unable to determine exactly what might be responsible.

"Dentists and other dental personnel have unique exposures at work," said lead study author Dr. Randall J. Nett. "These exposures include bacteria, viruses, dust, gases, radiation, and other respiratory hazards."

"At this time, we do not know what caused this cluster of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis cases in dental personnel. More work has to be done before we can make any conclusions about the risk dentists or other dental personnel have."

In the meantime, dentists are advised to 'wear certified respiratory protection' to help reduce the risk.

Source: Tech Times | Comments (15)

Tags: Dentist

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #6 Posted by Stiff on 10 March, 2018, 13:57
Seriously though, I hope they get to the root of the problem as it must be getting on their nerves.
Comment icon #7 Posted by ouija ouija on 10 March, 2018, 14:55
Mercury? It's in old-fashioned fillings.
Comment icon #8 Posted by seanjo on 10 March, 2018, 20:09
If it's not just coincidence, it'll be a chemical they are using or is given off by their particular techniques.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ouija ouija on 10 March, 2018, 20:53
Just to be picky, does 9 cases over 16 years really count as a 'spate'?
Comment icon #10 Posted by qxcontinuum on 11 March, 2018, 5:51
Good possibility but should happen all over the world. 
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 11 March, 2018, 9:04
Dental practices vary around the world, here in Oz they work the new plastic for tooth caps etc under water to avoid the dust getting into places.
Comment icon #12 Posted by seanjo on 11 March, 2018, 10:24
It's the fact they all died of the same ailment that makes it stand out, I believe.
Comment icon #13 Posted by seanjo on 11 March, 2018, 10:26
God damn you, God damn you to hell!!!  
Comment icon #14 Posted by Stiff on 11 March, 2018, 13:15
Oh, that's definitely where I'm going. No two ways about that.  
Comment icon #15 Posted by pokingjoker on 12 March, 2018, 21:24
9 out of 10 dentists agree, they won't work there


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