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Document ID (ISN)105198
CIS number 06-714
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ruoppi P., Koistinen T., Pennanen S.
Title Sensitisation to mites in laboratory animal workers with rhinitis
Bibliographic information Sep. 2005, Vol.62, No.9, p.612-615. 32 ref.
Abstract This study examined the frequency of sensitization to mites among rhinitic laboratory animal workers and investigated whether sensitization could be work-related. Skin prick tests (SPT) were performed in 40 subjects who were working with laboratory animals and who were diagnosed with rhinitis. Positive SPT results were found in 35 out of 40 workers: in 14 for storage mites, four for house dust mites, 25 for other common aeroallergens and 19 for laboratory animals. Furthermore, a guanine test indicated the presence of mite-derived material in 21 out of 22 dust samples collected in the work premises. This study suggests that subjects who are occupationally exposed to laboratory animals are also exposed to mite-derived allergens. Sensitization to mites is common and may be work related.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; laboratory work; sensitization; experimental animals; handling of animals; acarids
Descriptors (secondary) rhinitis; determination in air; respirable dust
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Livestock rearing
Animal hazards