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Document ID (ISN)73007
CIS number 99-1008
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kimbell-Dunn M., Bradshaw L., Slater T., Erkinjuntti-Pekkanen R., Fishwick D., Pearce N.
Title Asthma and allergy in New Zealand farmers
Bibliographic information Jan. 1999, Vol.35, No.1, p.51-57. 40 ref.
Abstract The prevalence of symptoms of asthma and allergy was studied in 1,706 farmers from different farming groups throughout New Zealand. The 12-month period prevalence of current asthma was 11.8% overall, compared with 15% in the general population. Asthma prevalence was higher for horse breeders/groomers, pig farmers, poultry farmers, and those working with goats. Asthma was also significantly elevated among those working with cleaning powders. Women were more likely to report current asthma than were men. Hay fever was significantly higher in deer and crop farmers, and farmers working with horses and goats; eczema was higher for goat and deer farmers. The lower overall prevalence of asthma in farmers may be due to the healthy worker effect. Topics: agriculture; allergic respiratory disorders; allergies; asthma; eczema; frequency rates; grain dust; handling of animals; healthy worker effect; livestock rearing; New Zealand; poultry farming; questionnaire survey; sex-linked differences; swine.
Descriptors (primary) livestock rearing; New Zealand; agriculture; asthma; allergies
Descriptors (secondary) healthy worker effect; swine; eczema; grain dust; allergic respiratory disorders; handling of animals; poultry farming; sex-linked differences; frequency rates; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNew Zealand
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Livestock rearing
Agriculture
Allergies