|Document ID (ISN)||104382|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1641-9251 - International Maritime Health
|Convention or series no.
||Lopata A.L., Baatjies R., Thrower S.J., Jeebhay M.F.
||Occupational allergies in the seafood industry - A comparative study of Australian and South African workplaces
||2004, Vol.55, No.1/4, p.61-73. Illus. 18 ref.
||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.
||Australia; South Africa; food industry; allergies; fish
||symptoms; asthma; comparative study; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; skin eruption
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Australia; South Africa|
||Food, beverage and tobacco industries
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations