Everything about simian virus 40 (SV40) sounds like something from a Planet of the Apes film. It is a virus that is naturally occurring in monkeys, but humans can become infected as well from exposure to the virus. However, before you start worrying that apes will take over the state of Tennessee or the entire planet, you should probably learn more about the virus and its possible link to cancers like mesothelioma.
In 1828, the first American patent for asbestos was issued. Since then, an untold number of victims have suffered from exposure to the material. Unfortunately, it took nearly 80 years for a doctor to recognize the link between asbestos exposure and illness. In these more modern times, the Environmental Protection Agency regulates asbestos use, but the material is still used in industry and in many commonly used products.
Being diagnosed with asbestosis can be very difficult for you to comprehend. Being told by your doctor that you have a serious lung condition that could ultimately kill you is not something you think will happen. But, if you've worked in an industry known for asbestos (shipbuilding and construction), the likelihood that you'll develop asbestosis is much higher than if you didn't work in such an industry.
Asbestos was a material used in many different industries decades ago. Even though it is no longer used in construction, it can still be found in older buildings and homes. Asbestos was also used in the shipbuilding industry among others. If you worked in an industry with asbestos, here are the warning signs that you might have asbestosis.
Asbestos is a human carcinogen, which is a substance known to cause cancer. While there is evidence connecting asbestos and cancer, unfortunately, there is no precise answer to the question posed in the headline of this post; there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos, but not everyone who is exposed develops cancer or other related disorders.
A girls preparatory school in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has been fined for the presence of asbestos. The school received its fine from the Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA). The fine comes after an inspection was performed at the Girls Preparatory School (GPS).