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Document ID (ISN)105239
CIS number 06-715
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Reid A.J.
Title Brucellosis - A persistent occupational hazard in Ireland
Bibliographic information July-Sep. 2005, Vol.11, No.3, p.302-304. 6 ref.
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Abstract A cross-sectional study of exposure to B. abortus (brucellosis) was carried out among 375 technical and support staff of the Department of Agriculture in Ireland using the complement fixation technique (CFT). A CFT of <1:8 was accepted as normal, i.e., no evidence of exposure to Brucella abortus. Results were compared with available medical records to differentiate new from old or established cases. The participation rate was 75%. Ten participants tested positive. Veterinarians, laboratory staff, and workers based in meat plants were at increased risk of exposure. 106 previous results were available. Eight of those who tested positive had previously been tested, and of these, four had converted from negative to positive in the intervening five years, a conversion rate of 8/1,000 employees per annum. Results suggest that exposure to B. abortus remains common among at-risk occupational groups in Ireland.
Descriptors (primary) Ireland; agriculture; brucellosis
Descriptors (secondary) laboratory work; cross-sectional study; frequency rates; meat industry; veterinary services
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIreland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Agriculture
Bacterial and parasitic diseases