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Document ID (ISN)78056
CIS number 02-238
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ortega H.G., Daroowalla F., Petsonk E.L., Lewis D., Berardinelli S., Jones W., Kreiss K., Wiessman D.N.
Title Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: Epidemiological and environmental assessment
Bibliographic information June 2001, Vol.39, No.6, p.598-607. 20 ref.
Abstract To study possible respiratory symptoms and specific IgE responses among crab processing workers, 107 workers at a crab processing facility completed a survey both at the beginning and end of the processing season. The surveys included standardized symptom questionnaires, spirometry, and serological testing, as well as measurement of workplace airborne crab allergens and microscopic analysis of aerosolized materials. Over the crab processing season, asthma-like symptoms developed in 26% of study participants and bronchitic symptoms in 19%. Only 9% of those with new asthma-like symptoms were IgE-sensitized to crab at the end of the season. Among the crab processing jobs, butchering and degilling workers had the highest incidence of respiratory symptoms. Both personal and process-related factors appear to affect the development of respiratory symptoms in crab processing workers.
Descriptors (primary) Alaska; food industry; risk factors; respiratory diseases
Descriptors (secondary) bronchitis; asthma; questionnaire survey; sensitization; determination in air; determination in blood; spirometry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Food industry
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)