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Natural rubber latex (NRL) allergens are more often detected in dust than air.
Weissman-DN; Elliot-M; Sharifpour-S; Zhuang-Z; Bledsoe-T; Biagini-R; Meade-J; Lewis-DM
FASEB J 2000 Apr; 14(6)(Suppl S):A1248
Exposure to NRL allergens plays a key role in inducing NRL allergy. We therefore compared the relative abilities of air and dust sampling to detect NRL allergen contamination in a medical facility. High volume area air samples and vacuumed bulk surface dust samples were collected onto Teflon filters in several hospital and clinic settings. Control samples were collected in a vacant office where NRL was not used. NRL allergen levels in saline filter extracts were determined by inhibition of an immunoassay for NRL-specific human IgE (Pharmacia-Upjohn Diagnostics, Uppsala, Sweden). Threshold limit of detection (LCD) for the air and dust samples was determined as the mean level in the vacant office plus 3 standard deviations. Thus, NRL allergen contamination in a medical facility was more often detected by sampling of bulk surface dust than by area air sampling.
Antibody-response; Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment; Occupational-exposure; Inhalation-studies; Models; Antigens; Allergens; Allergic-disorders; Allergic-reactions; Allergies; Dust-analysis; Dust-collectors; Dust-exposure; Dust-inhalation; Dust-particles; Particle-aerodynamics; Respirable-dust
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