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Byssinosis Among Cotton Workers in Belgium
  1. E. Tuypens
  1. Medico-Social Service, Peignage D'Eecloo Ltd., Belgium


    The existence of byssinosis among cotton workers in Belgium has, up to now, been a matter of doubt. This study reveals that the disease undoubtedly occurs, but its prevalence is much lower than in Lancashire cotton mills. I have made investigations in two textile mills, one in East Flanders and one in West Flanders. Ninety-eight workers were interviewed in the first mill and 101 in the second, comprising card-room workers, thrashers, and blenders. Ten (5%) of these workers were found to have Grade I byssinosis; four (2%) were diagnosed as Grade II; and two (1%) were in Grade III.

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