A register-based study was performed to elucidate whether workers employed on the Thule air base in the clean-up period after the crash of a U.S. B-52 bomber carrying nuclear bombs had reduced fertility, as measured by the numbers of liveborn children.
The highest birth rates were among 25-34-year olds with 1-3 years of employment on the base, but who had not worked at the base the year before, who already had one child, with a 2-5-year interval since the birth of the last child.
No difference was seen between the group of men who had worked at the base during the clean-up period after the crash-the possibly exposed group-and those people who had worked at the base only outside the clean-up period.
Because of the massive media coverage and possible claims for damages a register-based study is the only practicable way of elucidating statements about infertility.
The main conclusion is that the accident has not reduced fertility.
Mots-clés Pascal : Accident, Armement nucléaire, Radiocontamination, Exposition professionnelle, Fécondité, Homme, Mâle, Epidémiologie, Registre, Etude longitudinale, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Accident, Nuclear weapon, Radioactive contamination, Occupational exposure, Fecundity, Human, Male, Epidemiology, Register, Follow up study, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0514473
Code Inist : 002A08F03. Création : 01/03/1996.