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Document ID (ISN)41195
CIS number 84-183
ISSN - Serial title 0003-9896 - Archives of Environmental Health
Year 1983
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mehta S.K., Sandhu R.S.
Title Immunological significance of Aspergillus fumigatus in cane-sugar mills
Bibliographic information Jan.-Feb. 1983, Vol.38, No.1, p.41-46. 14 ref.
Abstract 548 workers at 2 sugar mills in India and a control group were studied. 328 of them complained of chronic respiratory disorders. A preponderance of Aspergillus fumigatus was found at the bagasse-containing sites in the mills. A. fumigatus was frequently isolated from the sputum of sugar workers, and a significant number showed a positive reaction to intracutaneous challenge with aspergillin. Immediate type I and late Arthus type skin hypersensitivity occurred in 10.6 and 4.4%, respectively, of the exposed workers. Diagnoses of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and of allergic pulmonary candidiasis were made in 17 (7.1%) and 4 (1.7%), respectively, of the 238 workers complaining of chronic respiratory disorders. The epidemiology of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, but not that of allergic bronchopulmonary candidiasis, may be of occupational origin.
Descriptors (primary) Aspergillus fumigatus; sugar industry; immunology; bagasse
Descriptors (secondary) India; aspergillosis; comparative study; candidiasis; serological reactions; respiratory diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Food industry