If you live in California, you might have heard about the devastating fires that have swept through the northern part of the state. The Butte and Valley fires have recently burned over 70,000 acres of land, as well as the homes and businesses of local residents. Thousands of firefighters from across the country have joined to help combat the fires and save the structures from the flames.
United States Military veterans are some of those most at risk for being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, and lung cancer. In fact, one out of three mesothelioma victims is a military veteran. This is because asbestos was used in every branch of the military from 1920 to the late 1970s.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Many people do not know that there are several types of mesothelioma that an asbestos exposure victim can be diagnosed with.
Different countries around the world have recognized asbestos for the hazardous substance it is, and have banned the substance completely. But which ones are they? Currently, there are 56 on the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat list:
New Zealand recently announced that it will become the 56th country to completely ban the importation of asbestos and asbestos-containing products. The import of raw asbestos has already been banned in the country, but it will soon prohibit the import of products containing asbestos to protect its citizens from deadly asbestos-related diseases, like mesothelioma.
Last week, nearly 800 students returned to Oak View Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year. The campus in Huntington Beach, California, had been closed the previous year when the main school building tested positive for asbestos fibers during a modernization project.