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Document ID (ISN)111471
CIS number 11-0125
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Romeo L., Dalle Molle K., Zanoni G., Peretti A., Marangi G., Conrado L.G.L., Aragˇn A., Perbellini L.
Title Respiratory health effects and immunological response to thermoactinomyces among sugar cane workers in Nicaragua
Bibliographic information 3rd quarter 2009, Vol.15, No.3, p.249-254. 29 ref.
Abstract Specific sensitization and respiratory effects associated with the inhalation of sugar cane dust were evaluated in a group of 51 Nicaraguan workers exposed to bagasse. A questionnaire interview, lung function test, serum precipitin tests for Thermoactinomyces sacchari and T. vulgaris, and IgE tests for specific environmental allergens were performed for each worker. Twenty-one workers reported at least one respiratory symptom and 16 reported possible symptoms of bagassosis. Six workers demonstrated acute symptoms, one had chronic symptoms, and nine had the reacutized form of the disease. A higher proportion of precipitin response to T. sacchari and T. vulgaris was found in workers reporting symptoms suggestive of acute bagassosis. A possible restrictive ventilatory pattern was observed in eight subjects and a mild airway obstruction in one subject. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Nicaragua; sugar cane; organic dust; sensitizers; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) bagasse; bacterial toxins; symptoms; farmer's lung; immunoglobulins; determination in blood; spirometry; questionnaire survey; biological hazards
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
OSH in developing countries