WTC dust proves fatal

Via the blog Confined Space, I see that a New York City police detective at the site of the World Trade Center attack died of respiratory failure recently. The medical examiner said: reasonable degree of medical certainty that the cause of death in this case was directly related to the 9/11 incident.” This may be the first documented case of a death from resiratory problems caused by the collapse of the buildings. The BBC reports that at least 15,000 people are estimated to be suffering some sort of health problem from the WTC disaster.