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Document ID (ISN)112322
CIS number 12-0137
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Pérez A., Nebot M., Maciá M., Panadés R.
Title An outbreak of 400 cases of lipoatrophia semicircularis in Barcelona: Effectiveness of control measures
Bibliographic information July 2010, Vol.52, No.7, p.751-757. Illus. 15 ref.
Internet access An_outbreak_of_400_cases_[BUY_THIS_ARTICLE] [in English]
Abstract From February 2007 to October 2008, 1137 cases of lipoatrophia semicircularis were registered in distinct workplaces in Barcelona, Spain. A protocol to establish control measures was designed. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of these measures. The outbreak course in relation to the implemented measures (relative humidity >50%, ground-mass electrical discharge, and avoidance of sharp-ended table edges) was analyzed. The study population consisted of 417 workers from four different workplaces. Cumulative incidences at the four workplaces were 61.6%, 24.1%, 8.8% and 5.5%. Based on discharges confirmed by medical services, the corresponding healing rates were 93%, 82%, 22% and 62%. When the three basic measures were promptly and jointly applied, 90% of the cases were resolved within 6 months.
Descriptors (primary) static electricity; office work; humidity control; skin atrophy; design of equipment; health programmes
Descriptors (secondary) Spain; programme evaluation; medical examinations; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Skin diseases
Office work