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Black Lung Exhibit Opens in Morgantown
Written by Tyler Hawn
Last updated on November 09, 2013 @ 6:03PM
Created on November 09, 2013 @ 4:54PM

For the past few weeks here on 5 News, we've been telling you all about what coal miner's face with the threat of black lung disease.

A new exhibit that opened in Morgantown hopes to help people understand the challenges of living with it.

The exhibit opened at the Morgantown History Museum, and has everything from facts about coal mines, to what an actual black lung looks like versus a normal and healthy one.

5 News spoke with the organizers of the exhibit, and she wants coal miners to know that black lung disease is preventable, as long as they take the first step.

"A lot of people think it's a disease of the past, and it's not. It's still occurring, it's on the rise, and we're trying to do those screenings to help people not get the disease, or when they do, help them treat it," said Anita Wolfe, NIOSH Public Health Analyst.

The exhibit also featured a video titled "Faces of Black Lung' which features several people who are currently living with the disease.


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