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Document ID (ISN)102888
CIS number 03-1912
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Herr C.E.W., zur Nieden A., Stilianakis N.I., Gieler U., Eikmann T.F.
Title Health effects associated with indoor storage of organic waste
Bibliographic information Feb. 2004, Vol.77, No.2, p.90-96. 22 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study examines health effects associated with the storage of organic waste at home for more than two days. 384 subjects completed a medical questionnaire on prevalence of airway, skin and general health complaints during the past year and home hygiene (storage of garbage, pet contact, indoor mould growth). With logistic regression analysis, odds ratios (OR) adjusted for sex, age, education level and frequent contact with pets were determined for indoor storage of waste for more than two days. Long indoor storage of organic waste was associated with skin rash (OR 2.05), itching skin rash for more than 2 month in the past 12 month (OR 3.58) or ever (OR 2.77) as well as lifetime diagnoses of skin diseases by a doctor (OR 3.16) or allergies other than hay fever (OR 2.74). Atopic subjects were higher at risk. These skin-related complaints and diseases probably result from microbial contamination, e.g. endotoxins due to waste.
Descriptors (primary) symptoms; garbage composting; biological hazards; storage; garbage
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; moulds; bacterial toxins; skin allergies; statistical evaluation; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; individual susceptibility; skin eruption
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany; Italy
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Storage and warehousing
Waste collection and disposal