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Characteristics of 3687 pneumoconiosis cases between 1985 and 2006 in Xinjiang Uyghur's Autonomous Region, China
  1. Patamu Mohemaiti1,
  2. Naijimiding Patigul2,
  3. Abuduwayite Reshalaiti3,
  4. A sa Honglamijiang4
  1. 1Occupational & Environmental Health Department, School of Public Health, Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi, China
  2. 2Occupational Health Department of Center of Disease Control of Xinjiang Uyghur's Autonomous Region, Urumqi City, China
  3. 3Medical Image Center, The first affiliated hospital of Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi City, 830001, China
  4. 4Tuberculosis Preventive Department of Kuche CDC, Xinjiang Uyghur's Autonomous Region, Kuche City, China
  1. Correspondence to Dr Patamu Mohemaiti, School of Public Health, Xinjiang Medical University, Urumqi City, 830054, China; patam0616{at}

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About 70–75% percent of all pneumoconiosis diseases occurring worldwide are from China. There are more than 10 000 new cases of pneumoconiosis every year in China and coal worker's pneumoconiosis (CWP) accounts for 50% of the cases.1 The number of unreported cases is estimated to be 10 times higher than the officially reported number.

As the coal industry plays a very important role in China, the status of pneumoconiosis cases and occupational health services in Xinjiang Uyghur's Autonomous Region is alarming. There were 3687 pneumoconiosis cases diagnosed between 1985 and 2006, including 2942 CWP and silicosis cases, which accounted for 79.8% of all cases. Among all …

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  • PM and NP contributed equally to this study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.