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Technical assistance report no. TA-78-12, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon.
Apol AG; Milby TH; Whorton D
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 78-12, 1978 May; :1-13
A hazard evaluation and technical assistance survey of the biology- botany science building (SIC-8071) at the University of Oregon, Corvallis Campus to determine a possible etiologic agent responsible for nervous system complaints among employees has been conducted. Upon occupation of the new building formerly healthy plants transplanted to the new laboratories died. Since that time, a plant pathologist died of a neurological disease and three other professors contracted a similar progressive neurological disease. The ventilation system of the building was studied. Fume hood rates were measured and air inlet filters were analyzed. In addition, medical interviews of employees were conducted, medical histories obtained, and consultations with their physicians held. If there is a single process endemic among the present staff, it could not be identified, although there are definitely similarities in complaints. No pathophysiological link between the fatal neurological diseases and current complaints among the staff was found. No clear cut etiologic relationship between the work environment and symptoms was apparent. Continuing periodic medical evaluation conducted by the institution was recommended.
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