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Health effects of biological agents: the role of endotoxins.

Authors
Olenchock-SA
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1994 Jan; 9(1):62-64
NIOSHTIC No.
00218933
Abstract
The presence of endotoxins in nonagricultural occupational settings and their contribution to morbidity were examined in this review. Endotoxins have been reported to affect the immune system, complement and coagulation systems, and to induce pulmonary symptoms. Associations have been reported in humans between decreased pulmonary function and airborne levels of endotoxins. Calculated thresholds of endotoxin exposures resulting in no change in lung function have been exceeded almost 1,000 fold in certain agricultural settings. Endotoxins have been extensively identified in agricultural environments as well as in industrial settings using humidifiers, air conditioners, cooling towers, and water associated processes, and in cotton, wool, and flax, machining, waste disposal, sewage, animal feed, and biotechnology industries.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Airborne-dusts; Agricultural-industry; Toxins; Respiratory-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Indoor-air-pollution; Exposure-levels; Air-quality; Indoor-environmental-quality
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19940101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1047-322X
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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