Rural & other health disparities

Hog dust + lungs = dangerous combination

Pigs will be pigs.

They eat, drink and poop, and when hundreds are confined in a closed hog facility the dust that's stirred up contains bacteria that cause lung disease in farm workers.

A UNMC group is hard at work on an investigation into lung disease and hog farming

Physicians report an increase in upper and lower respiratory problems among farm workers, who might spend all day in the loud and dusty confinement facilities. It's estimated that more than one-third of those who work in swine and dairy facilities develop lung disease related to dust exposure.

Read more about the effort to help workers in rural communities in Discover magazine.