Respiratory diseases among agricultural industry workers in India: a cross-sectional epidemiological study.
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Aerobiology and Allergy Laboratory, Centre for Biochemical Technology, Delhi, India
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Anand B Singh   

Aerobiology and Allergy Laboratory, Centre for Biochemical Technology, Delhi University Campus, Delhi 110007, India
Ann Agric Environ Med. 1999;6(2):115-126
Epidemiological survey for respiratory diseases among agricultural industry workers, such as bakeries, poultry farms, granaries and a sugar refinery was carried out using a medical questionnaire on various respiratory symptoms such as cough, breathlessness, rhinitis. The questionnaire was filled up by two doctoral students during personal visits to these work environments. The survey revealed that 40-59% of workers in different occupational work environments suffered from one or more respiratory ailments. As much as 36-40% of the workers reported work-related symptoms which is close to similar data from Western countries. A higher incidence of respiratory disorders was recorded in workers with longer duration of employment. Older workers suffered more than the young ones. Family history of atopy was found to have least effect on the incidence of cough, breathlessness and rhinitis in the workers. Smoking was found to have definite impact on the incidence of cough and breathlessness
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