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Document ID (ISN)104072
CIS number 05-296
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Haddar M., Kaced N., Korichi S., Alloula R.
Title Prevalence of occupational asthma: Survey in four occupational sectors
Original title Prévalence de l'asthme professionnel: enquête dans quatre secteurs d'activité professionnelle [in French]
Bibliographic information Dec. 2004, Vol.65, No.7-8, p.541-550. 51 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; Algeria; risk factors; asthma; occupation disease relation
Descriptors (secondary) 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
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAlgeria
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)