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Document ID (ISN)78043
CIS number 02-295
ISSN - Serial title 1529-8663 - AIHA Journal
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Borak J., Cohen H., Hethmon T.A.
Title Copper exposure and metal fume fever: Lack of evidence for a causal relationship
Bibliographic information Nov.-Dec. 2000, Vol.61, No.6, p.832-836. 52 ref.
Abstract A systematic literature search was made on the topic of possible adverse health effects of inhalation exposure to copper fume and dust. Seven reports published over the past 88 years were identified that contain original human data and claim to document that exposure to copper dust or fume caused metal fume fever (MFF) or an MFF-like syndrome. Insufficient evidence was found to conclude that exposures to copper dust and copper fume cause MFF. Limitations included absence of exposure measurements, atypical symptoms and complaints, and lack of consistency among types of work associated with symptoms. Given the extensive use of copper in many industries and operations, it is evident that if copper-induced MFF does occur, it is a rare event.
Descriptors (primary) copper; metal fumes; respirable dust; metal fume fever
Descriptors (secondary) occupation disease relation; literature survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Copper and compounds
Inorganic substances