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Document ID (ISN)108258
CIS number 08-593
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Krakowiak A., Krawczyk P., Szulc B., Wiszniewska M., Kowalczyk M., Walusiak J., Pałczyński C.
Title Prevalence and host determinants of occupational bronchial asthma in animal shelter workers
Bibliographic information Apr. 2007, Vol.80, No.5, p.423-432. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract This study examined the risk factors of airway allergy in 88 animal shelter workers in Poland, occupationally exposed to cats and dogs, who responded to a questionnaire concerning the history of exposure to animal allergens and job characteristics. They were subjected to skin prick tests for cat, dog, rat and mouse allergens, and determinations of total serum IgE and specific IgE levels. Bronchial hyperreactivity and peak expiratory flow rate were measured at work and off work only in workers with symptoms suggestive of occupational asthma (OA). The prevalence of OA was 9.1%. Sensitization to dog allergens was higher than to cats. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed a significant role of a family history of atopy, having a dog as pet in the past and growing up in the country (odds ratios of 5.9, 6.47 and 7.59 respectively).
Descriptors (primary) Poland; handling of animals; risk factors; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) allergens; immunoglobulins; dogs; rodents; questionnaire survey; frequency rates; skin tests; respiratory function tests; individual susceptibility; statistical evaluation; determination in blood; inhalation tests
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Livestock rearing
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)