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Update of cancer and non-cancer mortality in the Missouri poultry cohort.

Authors
Johnson-ES; Zhou-Y; Yau-CL; Sarda-V; Preacely-N; Bankuru-S; Bangara-S; Felini-M; Ndetan-H
Source
Am J Ind Med 2011 Jan; 54(1):49-54
NIOSHTIC No.
20038143
Abstract
BACKGROUND: workers in poultry slaughtering and processing plants have one of the highest human exposures to transmissible agents that cause cancer and other diseases in chickens and turkeys, and also have other occupational carcinogenic exposures. The general population is also exposed to these transmissible agents. METHODS: we investigated mortality in workers who belong to a poultry union in Missouri, and estimated standardized mortality ratios. RESULTS: significantly increased mortality was observed for some leukemias, benign neoplasms, thyroid diseases, bacterial infections, and schizophrenic disorders. The risk of breast cancer and several non-cancer conditions was significantly depressed. CONCLUSION: the findings add to the growing evidence suggesting that workers occupationally exposed to transmissible agents and carcinogens in the poultry industry, are at increased risk of dying from certain chronic diseases, including cancer.
Keywords
Cancer-rates; Carcinogens; Food-processing-industry; Food-processing-workers; Mortality-rates; Oncogenic-agents; Poultry-industry; Poultry-industry; Poultry-workers; Poultry-workers; Public-health; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Infectious-diseases; Viral-diseases; Viral-infections; Author Keywords: oncogenic viruses; infectious agents; chickens; occupational mortality; neurologic diseases
Contact
E Johnson, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107, USA
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20110101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ejohnson@hsc.unt.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008071
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
TX
Performing Organization
University of North Texas
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