Illinois junior high evacuates classrooms due to asbestos contamination

March 12th, 2012

The Illinois Department of Public Health has advised an Illinois junior high school to evacuate and isolate several classrooms after finding asbestos in them. Independent air tests by the IDPH confirmed airborne asbestos in 10 separate classrooms.

When disturbed, building materials and insulation containing asbestos released thousands of carcinogenic asbestos fibers into the air, which registered in air tests. The IDPH recommended the school immediately bring in asbestos abatement specialists to remove the materials and clear the air.

Asbestos is a material used in construction most heavily from the 1940s until the 1970s, when roughly 27.5 million people were exposed to the substance. The United States banned the material after asbestos exposure was found to cause several severe diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that can take decades to develop.

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