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Document ID (ISN)41132
CIS number 84-169
ISSN - Serial title 0002-8894 - American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lauderdale J.F., Cole Johnson C.
Title An outbreak of acute fever among steam turbine condenser cleaners
Bibliographic information Mar. 1983, Vol.44, No.3, p.156-160. Illus. 15 ref.
Abstract 10 of 12 men involved in the cleaning of a condenser clogged with fresh water sponge experienced an acute febrile illness. No chemicals and no respiratory protection were used during the operation. Possible causes considered were toxic agents released by sponge decay, Legionella pneumophila or other biohazards, immunologic response to sponge tissue, spicules or some other organism, but the ensuing studies could not identify a specific causative agent. It was recommended that workers involved in similar clean-up tasks wear supplied-air respirators until the nature of the hazard is known.
Descriptors (primary) steam turbines; algae; electric power generation; maintenance; pathogenic bacteria
Descriptors (secondary) biological hazards; case study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Power generation and distribution