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Document ID (ISN)74364
CIS number 00-252
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ivens U.I., Breum N.O., Ebbeh°j N., Nielsen B.H., Poulsen O.M., WŘrtz H.
Title Exposure-response relationship between gastrointestinal problems among waste collectors and bioaerosol exposure
Bibliographic information June 1999, Vol.25, No.3, p.238-245. 40 ref.
Abstract The relationship between gastrointestinal problems and exposure to bioaerosols among waste collectors was investigated using a job-exposure matrix constructed from a combination of questionnaire data (concerning 1,747 waste collectors and 1,111 controls), and field measurements (189 personal samples measuring viable fungi, total count of of fungal spores, microorganisms and endotoxins). Results show that high exposure to endotoxins was associated with nausea, and the risk of reporting nausea decreased with decreasing exposure. High exposure to endotoxins was also associated with reports of diarrhoea, and the risk of reporting diarrhoea decreased with decreasing exposure. The same pattern existed for exposure to fungi, and reported diarrhoea.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; garbage collectors and related labourers; biological hazards; gastrointestinal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) microorganisms; bacterial toxins; dose-response relationship; diarrhoea; questionnaire survey; fungi
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Biological hazards
Gastrointestinal diseases