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Work-related asthma: Number of cases by ascertainment source and state, 1993–2008

SourceCaliforniaMassachusettsMichiganNew JerseyTotal
NumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercentNumberPercent
Health care professional report1 3,478  75.0 642  81.6 1,420  60.7 249  52.9 5,789  70.3
Hospital data2    249    5.4 136  17.3    657  28.1 216  45.9 1,258  15.3
Workers' compensation    909  19.6    9    1.1    163    7.0    2    0.4 1,083  13.1
Co-worker       2  <0.0    –      –     15    0.6    –      –      17    0.2
Poison control       –      –    –      –     66    2.8    –      –      66    0.8
Other3       2  <0.0    –      –     20    0.9    4    0.8      26    0.3
TOTAL 4,640 100.0  787 100.0  2,341 100.0  471 100.0  8,239 100.0 

- indicates no cases ascertained.
1 Massachusetts, Michigan, and New Jersey actively solicit reports from health care professionals; California uses an existing passive statewide, provider-based occupational injury and illness reporting system to identify cases of work-related asthma.
2 Hospital data includes hospital discharge data and/or emergency department visit data.
3 Cases have been identified through death certificates, self-reports, or reports from the Mine Safety and Health Administration or Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Note:

Percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

See Appendix for information about data sources and methods.

Source:

Provisional sentinel  surveillance data as of January 2012, reported by R. Harrison, J. Flattery, and J. Weinberg (California); L. Davis, E. Pechter, and K. Fitzsimmons (Massachusetts); K. Rosenman, MJ. Reilly, and M. Yoder (Michigan); and M. Lumia and A. Stephens (New Jersey).

Reference Number: 2014AT09-04

Date Posted: September 2014

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