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Document ID (ISN)107164
CIS number 07-1211
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Koistinen T., Ruoppi P., Putus T., Pennanen S., Harju A., Nuutinen J.
Title Occupational sensitization to storage mites in the personnel of a water-damaged grocery store
Bibliographic information Aug. 2006, Vol.79, No.7, p.602-606. 29 ref.
Internet access http://www.springerlink.com/content/p303n44j40h4368t/fulltext.pdf [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to investigate occupational exposure and sensitization to storage mites (SM) in sales staff working in a moisture-damaged building and three healthy reference buildings. The study population consisted of all 12 employees of the moisture-damaged grocery store and twelve symptom-free controls working in three healthy reference groceries, matched by age, sex and occupation. Dust samples from each building were examined for mites. The clinical study consisted of an otorhinolaryngological examination and a determination of IgE reactivity to three SMs and two house dust mites. Prick tests were made to the same five mites and to five common aeroallergens. If sensitization to any of the SMs was detected, a nasal provocation test was also performed. SMs were found in all buildings. Seven cases and four control subjects showed IgE-mediated reactivity. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) humidity; Finland; exposure evaluation; shops; sales forces; acarids
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; airborne dust; lepidoptera; skin tests; rhinitis; case-control study; allergy tests; immunoglobulins
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Retail industry
Animal hazards