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Biodeterioration and effects on air quality.
Biodeterioration research 3: mycotoxins, biotoxins, wood decay, air quality, cultural properties, general biodeterioration, and degradation, proceedings of the third meeting of the Pan American Biodeterioration Society, August 3-6, 1989, Washington, D.C. Llewellyn GC, O'Rear CE, eds. New York: Plenum Press, 1991 Mar; 3:435-436
An introductory report was presented which emphasized certain public health aspects of the effects of biodeterioration and biodegradation. It was noted that the infestation, colonization or contamination of the environment with microorganisms can result in unwanted changes in objects or materials. Similarly unwanted changes can occur as the result of such contamination in living substances. The application of immunologic techniques in evaluating indoor air deterioration was considered. Descriptions of gram negative bacteria from raw cotton fibers; the presence of lead (7439921) dust in firing ranges; fungi on wood, sludge, and grain, were each considered. Various health effects in humans which are associated with the inhalation of microorganisms and related dusts included inflammation, asthma, and organic dust toxic syndrome, as well as chronic bronchitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. The interaction of host lung defense mechanisms against infectious organisms was also considered.
Air-quality-monitoring; Microbiology; Airborne-dusts; Bacterial-dusts; Plant-dusts; Dust-inhalation; Air-quality; Environmental-contamination
Biodeterioration research 3: mycotoxins, biotoxins, wood decay, air quality, cultural properties, general biodeterioration, and degradation, proceedings of the third meeting of the Pan American Biodeterioration Society, August 3-6, 1989, Washington, D.C.
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