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Document ID (ISN)103115
CIS number 04-80
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gomez M.I., Hwang S.A., Lin S., Stark A.D., May J.J., Hallman E.M.
Title Prevalence and predictors of respiratory symptoms among New York farmers and farm residents
Bibliographic information July 2004, Vol.46, No.1, p.42-54. Illus. 23 ref.
Abstract Data from telephone interviews with 1620 New York farmers and farm residents were used to study the prevalence and risk factors of symptoms that could be related to asthma and allergies. The prevalence of wheezing was 18.2%, that of rhinitis and lachrymation was 57.4%. Significant risk factors for wheeze were: cigarette smoking; a systemic reaction to allergy skin testing, immunotherapy or insect sting; reactivity to a pet; having goats; more acreage in corn for silage. Significant risk factors for rhinitis and lachrymation were younger age, having more than a high school education, being a worker on the farm and having done spraying. Wheeze may be indicative of existing or latent asthma, while rhinitis or lachrymation may indicate an increased sensitivity to respirable dusts and chemicals.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; New York; allergies; respiratory impairment; risk factors; agriculture; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) irritants; sensitization; USA; eye irritation; maize; smoking; symptoms; respirable dust; chemical products; survey; skin tests; handling of animals; age-linked differences; frequency rates; allergic reactivity; pesticide spraying; rhinitis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)