|Document ID (ISN)||109336|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Krakowiak A., Wiszniewska M., Krawczyk P., Szulc B., Wittczak T., Walusiak J., Pałczynski C.
||Risk factors associated with airway allergic disease from exposure to laboratory animal allergens among veterinarians
||May 2007, Vol.80, No.6, p.465-475. Illus. 41 ref.
||This study examines the risk factors for the development of occupational airway allergy (OAA) from exposure to laboratory animal allergens (LAA) among Polish veterinarians. Two hundred veterinarians responded to the questionnaire and were subjected to skin prick tests for common allergens and LAA (rat, mouse, hamster, guinea pig, rabbit). Evaluation of total serum IgE level and specific IgE against occupational allergens was performed. The prevalence of asthmatic and ocular symptoms was statistically more prevalent in the group of veterinarians sensitised to LAA versus non-sensitised subjects. The most frequent occupational allergens of skin and serum reactivity were LAA (44.5 and 31.5%, respectively). In 41 (20.5%) and in 22 (11%) subjects, serum specific IgE to natural rubber latex allergens and disinfectants was also found. Serum sensitisation to cat allergens and daily contact with laboratory animals (LA) increased the risk for developing occupational rhinitis. Furthermore, having worked more than 10 years and daily contact with LA were also significant risk factors for the development of OAA. Other findings are discussed.
||allergens; experimental animals; allergic respiratory disorders; risk factors; veterinary services
||immunoglobulins; Poland; latex; maximal expiratory flow; allergic reactivity; questionnaire survey; skin tests; handling of animals; frequency rates; allergic rhinitis
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Poland|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Health care services