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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-81-013-836, Hercules Incorporated, Covington, Virginia.
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 81-013-836, 1981 Mar; :1-8
On September 29, 1980 NIOSH received a request from the United Paperworkers International Union, Local 884, for a health hazard evaluation at Hercules Incorporated, Covington, Virginia. The request stated that employees were exposed to dust containing bird droppings and that an employee has contracted a fungal disease, possible as a result of this exposure. During a site visit in November, 1980, fourteen dust and soil samples were collected form building at the plant and form the back yard of the dwelling of the diseased employee. Using established culture techniques it was determined the one of the samples, collected in a plant warehouse, contained Cryptococcus neoformans. The remaining samples were negative for pathogenic fungi. Cryptococcus neoformans can cause disseminated fungal disease but since the specific fungus in the diseased employee has not been identified it is impossible to determine whether he contracted the disease through exposure in his work place.
Hazard-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Bird-droppings; Fungi; Dust; Soil-samples; Author Keywords: Plastic Film; Cryptococcus neoformans; bird droppings
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
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