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Document ID (ISN)109748
CIS number 09-562
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Jeebhay M.F., Robins T.G., Miller M.E., Bateman E., Smuts M., Baatjies R., Lopata A.L.
Title Occupational allergy and asthma among salt water fish processing workers
Bibliographic information Nov. 2008, Vol.51, No.11, p.899-910. 50 ref.
Abstract The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine the prevalence and risk factors of allergic symptoms, allergic sensitization, bronchial hyper-responsiveness and asthma among workers processing saltwater fish. Subjects were 594 workers in two processing plants who responded to a modified European Community Respiratory Health Survey questionnaire and who underwent skin tests using extracts of common airborne allergens, fresh fish and fishmeal, as well as spirometry and methacholine challenge tests. Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) fish; allergies; sensitization; food industry; asthma
Descriptors (secondary) South Africa; methacholine; symptoms; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; allergic reactivity; skin tests; spirometry; risk factors; frequency rates; allergy tests
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA; South Africa
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Food industry
Animal hazards