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Police, Firefighters Get Health Checks

November 04, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Firefighters and police officers who have worked at the World Trade Center site since the Sept. 11 attacks were examined for respiratory and other health problems.

Health and safety concerns were among the reasons cited by city officials last week when they ordered a sharp cutback in the number of firefighters and police working at the site.

Some rescue workers have complained about not being able to shake a persistent, annoying cough that has been dubbed the "World Trade Center cough."

Health and environmental officials say toxic chemicals from the rubble exceed federal safety standards, although there are no indications of long-term health risks.

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