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CDC investigates mysterious cluster of lung-related deaths in dentists

from CBS News

Health officials have identified a cluster of dentists who died of a mysterious lung disease. A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nine dentists in Virginia were found to have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic, progressive lung disease of unknown cause, between the years 2000 and 2015. According to the National Institutes of Health, IPF causes scar tissue to build up in the lungs, which makes the lungs unable to transport oxygen into the bloodstream effectively. The condition is "associated with a poor prognosis," the CDC says. more


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