Oklahoma Tornado Raises Asbestos Concerns

The recent tornado which devastated Moore, Oklahoma, posed serious health and safety concerns for residents for a variety of reasons. While the initial devastation of the tornado was clearly the main source of concern, other consequences of the disaster may continue to be felt for years, or even decades, to come. This is because, as a result of the devastation, many public health experts are worried that residents of the area may be exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used in construction until the late 1970s, largely for its ability to provide fire-resistant insulation in homes and other buildings. However, its use was prohibited in most industries because exposure to asbestos has the potential to cause serious health problems. The most worrying of these is the development of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the inner lining of the body’s internal organs. Sadly, many homes and other buildings devastated by the recent tornado may have asbestos-containing materials in them, exposing clean up crews and even residents to significant health risks. For this reason, it is important that the cleanup in Moore, Okla., be conducted quickly and by experienced professionals, in order to ensure that residents aren’t exposed to further health dangers.

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