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Document ID (ISN)104382
CIS number 05-561
ISSN - Serial title 1641-9251 - International Maritime Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lopata A.L., Baatjies R., Thrower S.J., Jeebhay M.F.
Title Occupational allergies in the seafood industry - A comparative study of Australian and South African workplaces
Bibliographic information 2004, Vol.55, No.1/4, p.61-73. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract Although seafood allergy due to ingestion is commonly observed in clinical practice, the incidence of seafood allergies in occupational settings is largely unknown. In this study, the work practices, occupational health services and allergy problems in seafood processing enterprises in Australia were examined and compared to a those of a previous study conducted in South Africa. A cross-sectional survey design was used in both countries. In the South African study a response rate of 60% (n=41) was obtained, compared to a response rate of 18% (n = 140) in Australia. In both countries, skin rash accounted for highest of all reported health problems (78-81%) followed by asthmatic symptoms (7-10%) and other non-specific allergic symptoms (9-15%). Most enterprises reported the annual prevalence of work-related symptoms to be less than 5%. In Australia 7% of respondents in workplaces reported workers having left their workplace due to work-related allergy problems.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; South Africa; food industry; allergies; fish
Descriptors (secondary) symptoms; asthma; comparative study; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin eruption
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia; South Africa
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Allergies
Food industry
Animal hazards