Cellular Microbiology & Pathogenesis | Environmental & Occupational Lung Diseases | Occupational & Environmental Medicine
An overview of microbial exposure during veterinary medicine study
Sadegh Samadi*, Dick Heederik, Inge M Wouters
*Corresponding author: Sadegh Samadi
Division of Environmental Epidemiology, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS), Utrecht University, , Netherlands
Occupational Health Department, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
F1000Posters 2010, 1: 634 (poster) [ENGLISH]
Poster [307.90 KB]
European Respiratory Society Annual Congress 2010, 18 - 22 Sep 2010, P2527
Exposure to endotoxin, both in residential and occupational environments, is a well-known occupational health risk associated with several respiratory diseases. Exposure to dust and endotoxin is poorly described for veterinarians, veterinary students and co-workers (caretakers) and the exposure levels of endotoxin are generally unknown for this line of work.
The aim of this study was to investigate the airborne inhalable dust and endotoxin exposure among veterinary students, veterinarians, and co-workers (caretakers) in various veterinary settings.
This study indicated that substantial endotoxin exposure is likely to occur for veterinarians, veterinary students, and care-takers in modern horse, poultry, and ruminant animal clinics; not only in animal houses, but also in examination rooms during practical work.
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