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Artificial stone-associated silicosis in Belgium: response
  1. Ryan Hoy1,
  2. Deborah Helwen Yates2
  1. 1 Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2 Thoracic Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ryan Hoy, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia; DrRyanHoy{at}gmail.com

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We thank Ronsmans et al 1 for their kind interest in our paper and the accompanying correspondence. We were most interested to read about their patients, who also worked without dust suppression measures nor adequate respiratory protection. We also are unaware of any other cases described in Belgium. Artificial stone products are extremely popular in Australia and are frequently used in …

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