|Document ID (ISN)||104072|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
|Convention or series no.
||Haddar M., Kaced N., Korichi S., Alloula R.
||Prevalence of occupational asthma: Survey in four occupational sectors
||Prévalence de l'asthme professionnel: enquête dans quatre secteurs d'activité professionnelle [in French]|
||Dec. 2004, Vol.65, No.7-8, p.541-550. 51 ref.
||Few studies exist on occupational asthma in Algeria. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of asthma in various industrial sectors considered to present risks of this ailment. A descriptive cross-sectional epidemiological design was chosen, involving a group of 508 workers recruited among manufacturing operators of four industrial units (school furniture, leather, wheat flour, cotton-based products). The investigations included: standardized questionnaires adapted to occupational asthma and clinical examinations of all workers; basic pulmonary test function and pharmacodynamic tests for persons showing symptoms of occupational asthma; spirometry; immunological tests and skin tests for workers exposed to wheat flour and wood dust. Prevalence of occupational asthma was 3.6% for the cotton production, 5.8% for wheat flour, 6.8% for wood and 11.6% for leather, respectively. Basic preventive measures are outlined.
||allergens; Algeria; risk factors; asthma; occupation disease relation
||wood dust; flour; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin tests; information of personnel; spirometry; cotton industry; furniture industry; leather and fur industries; frequency rates; respiratory function tests
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Algeria|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)