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Evaluation of Histoplasmosis concerns at a United States Post Office.

Authors
Chen-L; Adebayo-A
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):113
NIOSHTIC No.
20035658
Abstract
The HHE Program responded to a union request at a post office. The request concerned possible exposure to H. capsulatum, a fungus that causes histoplasmosis, through exposure to pigeon droppings. HHE investigators held confidential medical interviews with employees, took indoor environmental quality measurements, and inspected and reviewed the building's ventilation system. HHE investigators found no specific occupational or environmental exposures that explained the workers' symptoms. At the time of the investigation there was no evidence of birds or other animals in the ventilation system. Bird netting was currently in place around the rooftop ventilation system to prevent bird entry. Investigators determined that the potential for employees to contract histoplasmosis was low. Therefore, HHE investigators did not recommend that employees undergo general testing for histoplasmosis. Investigators recommended that managers continue to ensure that measures are in place to prevent animals from entering the ventilation system and that regular housecleaning activities are performed to reduce particulate matter in the building. Investigators also recommended that employees report any concerns they have to management. The final report is available at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0216-3056.pdf.
Keywords
Region-9; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiratory-infections; Pigeon-breeders-disease; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-air-pollution; Air-quality; Postal-employees; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: Postal Service; histoplasmosis; pigeons; fecal matter; postal workers; indoor environmental quality; IEQ; ventilation; odors
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20090101
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1077-3525
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
NAICS-491110
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
CA; OH
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