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Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: epidemiological and environmental assessment.

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Ortega, HG; Daroowalla, F; Petsonk, EL; Lewis, D; Berardinelli, S; Jones, W; Kreiss, K; Weissman, DN
Published in: Am J Ind Med
June 2001

BACKGROUND: Crab processing workers may develop respiratory symptoms and specific IgE responses, but the risk factors have not been fully described. METHODS: In 1998, 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. RESULTS: 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. CONCLUSIONS: Both personal and process-related factors appear to affect the development of respiratory symptoms in crab processing workers. In this study, crab specific IgE was not detected in most of the workers with new symptoms. Published 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Am J Ind Med

DOI

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0271-3586

Publication Date

June 2001

Volume

39

Issue

6

Start / End Page

598 / 607

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Risk
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Humans
  • Food-Processing Industry
 

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Ortega, H. G., Daroowalla, F., Petsonk, E. L., Lewis, D., Berardinelli, S., Jones, W., … Weissman, D. N. (2001). Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: epidemiological and environmental assessment. Am J Ind Med, 39(6), 598–607. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.1059
Ortega, H. G., F. Daroowalla, E. L. Petsonk, D. Lewis, S. Berardinelli, W. Jones, K. Kreiss, and D. N. Weissman. “Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: epidemiological and environmental assessment.Am J Ind Med 39, no. 6 (June 2001): 598–607. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.1059.
Ortega HG, Daroowalla F, Petsonk EL, Lewis D, Berardinelli S, Jones W, et al. Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: epidemiological and environmental assessment. Am J Ind Med. 2001 Jun;39(6):598–607.
Ortega, H. G., et al. “Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: epidemiological and environmental assessment.Am J Ind Med, vol. 39, no. 6, June 2001, pp. 598–607. Pubmed, doi:10.1002/ajim.1059.
Ortega HG, Daroowalla F, Petsonk EL, Lewis D, Berardinelli S, Jones W, Kreiss K, Weissman DN. Respiratory symptoms among crab processing workers in Alaska: epidemiological and environmental assessment. Am J Ind Med. 2001 Jun;39(6):598–607.
Journal cover image

Published In

Am J Ind Med

DOI

ISSN

0271-3586

Publication Date

June 2001

Volume

39

Issue

6

Start / End Page

598 / 607

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Risk
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Immunoglobulin E
  • Humans
  • Food-Processing Industry