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Abstract

Raising pigs and poultry indoors in large confinement facilities is increasingly common in U.S. agriculture. High endotoxin, ammonia, and dust levels contribute to acute and chronic respiratory symptoms in people who work in these settings. Respiratory conditions observed include the asthma-like syndrome, bronchitis, and asthma exacerbation. Organic dust toxic syndrome also has been described. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is found in a small number of those who raise poultry. Hog confinement workers are at risk of hydrogen sulfide poisoning. These and other conditions seen in confinement workers are described, and health management procedures are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-350
Number of pages14
JournalOccupational medicine (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Volume14
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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Poultry
Dust
Asthma
Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis
Hydrogen Sulfide
Bronchitis
Poisons
Wounds and Injuries
Agriculture
Ammonia
Endotoxins
Poisoning
Swine
Health

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Illness and injury in animal confinement workers. / Von Essen, Susanna G; Donham, K.

In: Occupational medicine (Philadelphia, Pa.), Vol. 14, No. 2, 01.01.1999, p. 337-350.

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