Prevention of Work-related Asthma: Study Search

Prevention LevelSecondary
AuthorGoodno
Study Year2002
CountryUSA
Molecular Weight of AgentHMW
Agent CategoryAnimal-derived antigens
Specific AgentLaboratory animal allergen
Occupation Laboratory animal handlers (Includes cohort reported by Fisher, 1998)
Outcome/DiagnosisLaboratory animal allergy
Activity Intervention Comprehensive prevention program (1991-2000): education and training, use of PPE, administrative controls, engineering controls, medical surveillance, and RAST testing for animal allergens
Participation RateAll employees who worked with laboratory animal(s) at least once a week were included in the study. Data was collected from 626 employees during the study period. Limitation: no report of participation rate
Intervention EffectivenessOf the 103 workers reporting LAA at entrance in the surveillance program, 39.8% reported allergies to two or more species. During the period of follow-up, 33% of workers with primary LAA reported the development of additional allergy. Annual incidence of secondary allergy ranged from 1.6% to 19.1% during the study period, greater than 8% in most years.
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