|Document ID (ISN)||78056|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Ortega H.G., Daroowalla F., Petsonk E.L., Lewis D., Berardinelli S., Jones W., Kreiss K., Wiessman D.N.
||Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: Epidemiological and environmental assessment
||June 2001, Vol.39, No.6, p.598-607. 20 ref.
||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.
||Alaska; food industry; risk factors; respiratory diseases
||bronchitis; asthma; questionnaire survey; sensitization; determination in air; determination in blood; spirometry
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Food, beverage and tobacco industries
|Broad subject area(s)
||Industries and occupations
Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)