Australian walking track closed over possible asbestos contaminationA walking track in the Australian state of Queensland has been closed due to fears that it might be contaminated with asbestos.
Authorities in Townsville have shut down the Dianella walking track on Castle Hill because material found on the track may potentially contain asbestos, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
City councillor Vern Veitch said that the potentially asbestos-tainted material may be from a number of structures in the area.
"There's a number of buildings on the top of Castle Hill, it could be any of those buildings up there," he told the news source. "The wind was pretty strong during [Cyclone] Yasi and it might be Panorama House or it might be... one of the other buildings that are on top of the hill."
It is important that asbestos is handled properly once it is discovered because exposure to the naturally occurring substance, which was once widely used as an insulator and flame retardant, can cause a number of serious illnesses such as lung cancer, asbestosis and malignant mesothelioma, a rare cancer that attacks the thin membrane that lines the chest, abdomen and many of the body's internal organs.
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