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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-013-836, Hercules Incorporated, Covington, Virginia.

Authors
Jannerfeldt-E
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-013-836, 1981 Mar; :1-8
NIOSHTIC No.
20000601
Abstract
On September 29, 1980 NIOSH received a request from the United Paperworkers International Union, Local 884, for a health hazard evaluation at Hercules Incorporated, Covington, Virginia. The request stated that employees were exposed to dust containing bird droppings and that an employee has contracted a fungal disease, possible as a result of this exposure. During a site visit in November, 1980, fourteen dust and soil samples were collected form building at the plant and form the back yard of the dwelling of the diseased employee. Using established culture techniques it was determined the one of the samples, collected in a plant warehouse, contained Cryptococcus neoformans. The remaining samples were negative for pathogenic fungi. Cryptococcus neoformans can cause disseminated fungal disease but since the specific fungus in the diseased employee has not been identified it is impossible to determine whether he contracted the disease through exposure in his work place.
Keywords
Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Bird-droppings; Fungi; Dust; Soil-samples; Author Keywords: Plastic Film; Cryptococcus neoformans; bird droppings
Publication Date
19810301
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1981
NTIS Accession No.
PB2008-105060
NTIS Price
A02
Identifying No.
HETA-81-013-836
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3079
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
VA; OH
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