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Evaluation of Histoplasmosis concerns at a United States Post Office.
Int J Occup Environ Health 2009 Jan; 15(1):113
The HHE Program responded to a union request at a post office. The request concerned possible exposure to H. capsulatum, a fungus that causes histoplasmosis, through exposure to pigeon droppings. HHE investigators held confidential medical interviews with employees, took indoor environmental quality measurements, and inspected and reviewed the building's ventilation system. HHE investigators found no specific occupational or environmental exposures that explained the workers' symptoms. At the time of the investigation there was no evidence of birds or other animals in the ventilation system. Bird netting was currently in place around the rooftop ventilation system to prevent bird entry. Investigators determined that the potential for employees to contract histoplasmosis was low. Therefore, HHE investigators did not recommend that employees undergo general testing for histoplasmosis. Investigators recommended that managers continue to ensure that measures are in place to prevent animals from entering the ventilation system and that regular housecleaning activities are performed to reduce particulate matter in the building. Investigators also recommended that employees report any concerns they have to management. The final report is available at https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2007-0216-3056.pdf.
Region-9; Hazard-Unconfirmed; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiratory-infections; Pigeon-breeders-disease; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Ventilation; Ventilation-systems; Indoor-air-pollution; Air-quality; Postal-employees; Indoor-environmental-quality; Author Keywords: Postal Service; histoplasmosis; pigeons; fecal matter; postal workers; indoor environmental quality; IEQ; ventilation; odors
Issue of Publication
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division