Silicosis and black lung cases on the rise in Queensland

The total number of diagnoses of mine-dust lung disease (MDLD) in Queensland has now reached 133 cases since 1984 — up from 102 in February last year.

State Government data includes all cases of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), mixed dust pneumoconiosis (MDP), silicosis — a form of pneumoconiosis from silica dust — as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asbestosis, reported since 1984.

Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis accounts for 40 of the total 133.

Twenty new cases of MDLD have been reported to the Queensland Government since July last year on top of 36 new cases reported during the 2019 financial year.

The potentially fatal diseases are caused by long-term exposure to high concentrations of dust generated during mining and quarrying activities.

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