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HHE Report No. HETA-94-0414-2492, Group Health Associates, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Authors
Trout-DB; Echt-A
Source
NIOSH 1995 Mar:18 pages
NIOSHTIC No.
00225886
Abstract
In response to a management request, an investigation was begun of the possible relationship between water damage to the building and respiratory illness in workers at the Group Health Associates (SIC- 8011), Cincinnati, Ohio. There were several water incursions in the Kenwood facility since 1986, including one in January, 1994 in which a pipe burst, causing water damage on all three floors. Five workers had pneumonia during the period from April through October, 1994. Four of these five worked in the pediatrics unit on the second floor. None reported symptoms which were related to presence in the building. Analysis of bulk samples collected in and above the office spaces and in the air handling units revealed various bacteria and fungi growing. No sources of exposure to potentially causative agents were identified which were unique to the second floor pediatrics unit where the four persons worked. The authors conclude that the occurrence of four cases of pneumonia does not appear to involve a building related illness. The authors recommend that improvements be made in the cleaning and maintenance of the ventilation system.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-94-0414-2492; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-5; Health-care-personnel; Ventilation-systems; Microorganisms; Respiratory-system-disorders; Epidemiology;
Publication Date
19950301
Document Type
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB95-219770
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-94-0414-2492
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS;
Priority Area
Respiratory-system-disorders
SIC Code
8011;
Source Name
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-94-0414-2492, 18 pages, 6 references
State
OH;
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