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ID (ISN) del documento61209
Número CIS 93-2063
ISSN - Título de la serie 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Año 1993
Número de serie
Autor(es) Mamolen M., Lewis D.M., Blanchet M.A., Satink F.J., Vogt R.L.
Título Investigation of an outbreak of "Humidifier Fever" in a print shop
Información bibliográfica Mar. 1993, Vol.23, No.3, p.483-490. 19 ref.
Resumen An outbreak of "humidifier fever" affected 16 (57%) of 28 workers in a print shop. The most common symptoms were myalgia, chills or subjective fever, and cough. Illness began 5-13 hours after entering the workplace, and lasted 2-24 hours. A humidifier in use on the day of the outbreak was found to be contaminated with fungi, amoebae, and Gram-negative bacteria. The risk of illness was highest for those who had been on the job three months before the outbreak, a time when the humidifier was in constant use. Serological studies of print shop workers showed positive reactions to extracts of organisms isolated from the humidifier, but could neither distinguish ill from well workers, nor identify causative organisms. The presence of endotoxin-producing bacteria and the clinical syndrome are consistent with an organic dust toxic syndrome. Previous exposure appeared to be the major risk factor for illness.
Descriptores (primarios) imprenta; alveolitis alérgica extrínseca; polvos orgánicos; champiñones; enfermedad de los humidificadores; toxinas bacterianas
Descriptores (secundarios) neumopatías; humidificación del aire; aerosoles
Tipo de documento D - Artículos periódicos
País / Estado o ProvinciaEstados Unidos
Tema(s) Patología profesional
Broad subject area(s) Riesgos biológicos
Navegación por categoria(s) Printing, photography and photocopying industry