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Document ID (ISN)75130
CIS number 00-1156
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lin S.H., Lin C.P., Tsai H.Z., Ho C.K.
Title Fungal corneal ulcers of onion harvesters in southern Taiwan
Bibliographic information June 1999, Vol.56, No.6, p.423-425. Illus. 17 ref.
Abstract Fungal corneal ulcers related to agriculture have been reported throughout the world, especially in tropical areas. Most of them are sporadic and have histories of ocular trauma or use of topical corticosteroids and topical antibiotics. Five onion harvesters had fungal corneal ulcers during the same harvest period in Southern Taiwan. The authors think that this is the first report of a group occurrence relating to agricultural workers. Although all of the patients improved after medical and surgical management, their vision was greatly reduced. It is suggested that the tropical climate, the harvest procedure, the monsoon and the lack of eye protection all had a role. Therefore, the importance of the eye protection, hygiene education and improving medical care to reduce the occurrence of fungal corneal ulcer in agriculture workers must be emphasized.
Descriptors (primary) Taiwan (China); agriculture; corneal damage; fungi
Descriptors (secondary) tropical climate; visual function disorders; keratitis; moulds; amblyopia; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceTaiwan (China)
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Diseases of the eye and vision damage