Neurologic symptoms associated with cattle farming in the agricultural health study.


Journal Article

Infection with Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium carried by poultry and livestock, is the most frequently identified antecedent to the autoimmune neurologic condition Guillain-Barré Syndrome. We used Agricultural Health Study data to assess whether cattle farming was associated with prevalence of neurologic symptoms.Prevalence of self-reported symptoms in cattle farmers (n = 8878) was compared with farmers who did not work with animals (n = 7462), using multivariate regression.Prevalence of numbness and weakness were increased for beef and dairy farmers compared with the reference group (P < 0.0001). Of cattle farmers, 48% did not report raising other animal species, and prevalence of numbness and weakness were also increased in this subgroup compared with the reference group (P < 0.02).Occupational exposure to cattle was associated with increased prevalence of self-reported symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vegosen, L; Davis, MF; Silbergeld, E; Breysse, PN; Agnew, J; Gray, G; Freeman, LB; Kamel, F

Published Date

  • October 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1253 - 1258

PubMed ID

  • 22975665

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22975665

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-5948

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1076-2752

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31825a2574


  • eng