|Document ID (ISN)||103546|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Radon K., Winter C.
||Prevalence of respiratory symptoms in sheep breeders
||Oct. 2003, Vol.60, No.10, p.770-773. Illus. 30 ref.
||The European Farmers' Study has indicated that sheep farmers might be at risk for the development of respiratory symptoms. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of respiratory symptoms in sheep breeders and potential work-related risk factors. On the basis of the responses to a questionnaire on respiratory symptoms, work-related respiratory symptoms (WRS), and details of farming, 325 sheep breeders of two regions of South Germany keeping at least 10 sheep could be included in the survey. The prevalences were compared to the results of the European Farmers' Study. Sheep breeders showed a significantly higher prevalence of asthma-related symptoms (odds ratio (OR) 2.1), chronic phlegm (OR 4.0) and WRS (OR 1.7) after adjusting for age, sex, smoking habits and full time farming. In the multiple logistic regression model, the risk for asthma-related symptoms was doubled in full time farmers. The major predictor of WRS was full time farming and the use of chemical footbaths. It is concluded that sheep breeders might be at high risk for the development of respiratory symptoms, which may be associated with work intensity and chemical exposure during work.
||livestock rearing; risk factors; respiratory diseases; symptoms
||Germany; asthma; hours of work; frequency rates; hazard evaluation; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation; chemical products
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)