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Document ID (ISN)108670
CIS number 08-1212
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Johnson E.S., Zhou Y., Sall M., El Faramawi M., Shah N., Christopher A., Lewis N.
Title Non-malignant disease mortality in meat workers: A model for studying the role of zoonotic transmissible agents in non-malignant chronic diseases in humans
Bibliographic information Dec. 2007, Vol.64, No.12, p.849-855. 53 ref.
Abstract A study of mortality from non-malignant causes was conducted between 1949 and 1989 in a cohort of 8520 meat workers in a union in Baltimore, Maryland, who worked in manufacturing plants where animals were killed or processed, and who had high exposures to infectious agents. Mortality in this cohort was compared with that in a control group of 6081 unexposed workers in the same union, and also with the United States general population. Proportional, standardized and relative mortality ratios were calculated. Significant excesses of mortality from septicaemia, subarachnoid haemorrhage, chronic nephritis, endocarditis and functional diseases of the heart were observed in meat workers when compared to the control group or to the United States general population. It is hypothesized that zoonotic transmissible agents may be responsible for the occurrence of some of the circulatory, neurological and other diseases observed among these workers.
Descriptors (primary) Maryland; meat industry; biological hazards; mortality
Descriptors (secondary) USA; functional heart disorders; chronic diseases; infectious diseases; bacteraemia, septicaemia; statistical evaluation; haemorrhage; cohort study; neurological effects; role of workers' organizations; nephritis
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Food industry
Biological hazards