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Document ID (ISN)109336
CIS number 09-456
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Krakowiak A., Wiszniewska M., Krawczyk P., Szulc B., Wittczak T., Walusiak J., Pałczynski C.
Title Risk factors associated with airway allergic disease from exposure to laboratory animal allergens among veterinarians
Bibliographic information May 2007, Vol.80, No.6, p.465-475. Illus. 41 ref.
Abstract This study examines the risk factors for the development of occupational airway allergy (OAA) from exposure to laboratory animal allergens (LAA) among Polish veterinarians. Two hundred veterinarians responded to the questionnaire and were subjected to skin prick tests for common allergens and LAA (rat, mouse, hamster, guinea pig, rabbit). Evaluation of total serum IgE level and specific IgE against occupational allergens was performed. The prevalence of asthmatic and ocular symptoms was statistically more prevalent in the group of veterinarians sensitised to LAA versus non-sensitised subjects. The most frequent occupational allergens of skin and serum reactivity were LAA (44.5 and 31.5%, respectively). In 41 (20.5%) and in 22 (11%) subjects, serum specific IgE to natural rubber latex allergens and disinfectants was also found. Serum sensitisation to cat allergens and daily contact with laboratory animals (LA) increased the risk for developing occupational rhinitis. Furthermore, having worked more than 10 years and daily contact with LA were also significant risk factors for the development of OAA. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; experimental animals; allergic respiratory disorders; risk factors; veterinary services
Descriptors (secondary) immunoglobulins; Poland; latex; maximal expiratory flow; allergic reactivity; questionnaire survey; skin tests; handling of animals; frequency rates; allergic rhinitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Animal hazards
Allergies
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)