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Document ID (ISN)59337
CIS number 93-164
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1992
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Das R., Tager I.B., Gamsky T., Schenker M.B., Royce S., Balmes J.R.
Title Atopy and airways reactivity in animal health technicians - A pilot study
Bibliographic information Jan. 1992, Vol.34, No.1, p.53-60. 56 ref.
Abstract Smoking, response to allergen skin testing, and non-specific airways reactivity in student animal health technicians (AHT) were studied to determine whether such persons provide a suitable cohort to overcome the selection biases accompanying investigations of occupational asthma. Previous occupational exposure to animals (65%) was associated positively with allergic symptoms but negatively with skin response to animal allergens and to airway hyperreactivity (AR). AHTs remaining in the programme were more likely than drop-outs to have: (1) worked with animals; (2) positive skin responsiveness to animal allergens; (3) AR. The latter was significantly associated with positive skin-test responses to animal allergen testing. This study demonstrates that significant exposure to animals may have occurred among workers entering animal-handling careers. Additionally, competing "healthy" and "resistant" worker effects operate among AHTs to influence the prevalence of occupational asthma in this population.
Descriptors (primary) allergens; smoking; allergic reactivity; asthma; handling of animals; allergies
Descriptors (secondary) healthy worker effect; respiratory function tests; allergy tests; methacholine
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Livestock rearing