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Work-related respiratory symptoms in bird zoo keepers — questionnaire data

Sylwia Świderska-Kiełbik
  • Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
/ Anna Krakowiak
  • Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
/ Marta Wiszniewska
  • Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
/ Wojciech Dudek
  • Centre of Occupational Allergy and Environmental Health, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
/ Monika Kowalczyk
  • Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
/ Jolanta Walusiak-Skorupa
  • Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
/ Konrad Śliwkiewicz
  • Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
/ Cezary Pałczyński
  • Department of Occupational Diseases and Toxicology, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
  • Centre of Occupational Allergy and Environmental Health, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Łódź, Poland
Published Online: 2010-01-06 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10001-009-0035-2

Work-related respiratory symptoms in bird zoo keepers — questionnaire data

Objectives: To investigate the risk factors for the development of airway diseases from occupational exposure to birds' allergens among Polish zoo garden keepers caring for birds. Methods: Two hundred workers responded to the questionnaire including the history of work-related symptoms, job characteristics, description of occupational exposure, information on smoking habit, contact with birds and animals at home and family history of allergic diseases. Results: General work-related symptoms were reported by 58 subjects (29%), whereas work-related respiratory symptoms were found in 40 workers (20%). The multivariate logistic regression analysis confirmed the significant role of positive family history of atopy and occupational contact with parrots either in the development of work-related symptoms or work-related respiratory allergic symptoms. Conclusions: The findings may confirm that work-related respiratory symptoms are an important health problem among zoo bird keepers in Poland.

Keywords: Allergens; Birds; Respiratory symptoms; Occupational exposure

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Published Online: 2010-01-06

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Citation Information: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health, ISSN (Online) 1896-494X, ISSN (Print) 1232-1087, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10001-009-0035-2. Export Citation

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