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Technical Assistance Report No. TA-80-84, Tennessee State Health Department, Dyersburg, Tennessee.
Slovin DL; Boiano J
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, TA 80-84, 1980 Sep; :1-7
A medical and hygienic evaluation was conducted in Dyersburg, Tennessee, on June 9 to 10, 1980, due to an outbreak of nausea and vomiting among five fibrous glass insulation (SIC-3296) of the West Tennessee Insulation Company workers. The evaluation was requested by the Tennessee State Department of Health. The workers were interviewed and the circumstances involving the outbreaks were determined. Workers had developed symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and discoloration of the tongue during or after contact with fibrous glass insulation. Symptoms gradually resolved over the next few days after initial exposure. The authors conclude that due to a lack of temporal connection between exposure and illness, the lack of correlation between symptoms and known effects of the insulation, and a lack of a similar illness in others in the community, an infectious agent was the most likely cause of the outbreak. They recommend that personal protective clothing be worn by workers exposed to fibrous glass.
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