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Document ID (ISN)111022
CIS number 10-0525
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Rimac D., Macan J., Varnai V.M., Vučemilo M., Matković K., Prester L., Orct T., Trošić I., Pavičić I.
Title Exposure to poultry dust and health effects in poultry workers: Impact of mould and mite allergens
Bibliographic information Jan. 2010, Vol.83, No.1, p.9-19. Illus. 43 ref.
Internet access Exposure_to_poultry_dust.pdf [in English]
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate exposure to moulds and house dust mite Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus in poultry farms, and related health effects in poultry workers. The study involved 41 poultry workers and 45 unexposed office workers as controls. The working environment was evaluated for D. pteronyssinus allergen, moulds and endotoxin. Among the workers, eye, skin and respiratory symptoms, ventilatory lung function, atopy markers (skin prick test to inhalatory allergens, total IgE) and specific IgG to moulds were assessed. The poultry houses contained hazardous levels of D. pteronyssinus allergen, endotoxin and moulds, and a high prevalence of work-related symptoms and IgG antibodies to moulds was found among poultry workers. Healthy worker effect is proposed as an explanation of the low prevalence of atopy markers among poultry workers.
Descriptors (primary) moulds; acarids; organic dust; exposure evaluation; poultry farming; health hazards
Descriptors (secondary) Croatia; bacterial toxins; allergens; immunoglobulins; pulmonary function; allergy tests; skin tests; case-control study; healthy worker effect; individual susceptibility
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Agriculture