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Document ID (ISN)103546
CIS number 04-564
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Radon K., Winter C.
Title Prevalence of respiratory symptoms in sheep breeders
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.60, No.10, p.770-773. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) livestock rearing; risk factors; respiratory diseases; symptoms
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; asthma; hours of work; frequency rates; hazard evaluation; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation; chemical products
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Livestock rearing
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)