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Work-Related Asthma: State-Based Surveillance (Archive)

Work-related asthma: Most frequently reported agent categories associated with cases of work-related asthma, 1993-2002
Figure showing Work-related asthma: Most frequently reported agent categories associated with cases of work-related asthma, 1993-2002

n.o.s. - not otherwise specified

Note:  Each case was associated with up to three putative agents. Percentages are based on the number of cases (n=4,132). The category ‘Miscellaneous Chemicals’ accounts for a large range of exposures including pesticides, perfume, enzymes, and odors; ‘Mineral and Inorganic Dust’ includes exposures such as plaster, fiberglass, and cement; ‘Indoor Air Pollutants’ includes pollutants from building renovation; ‘Pyrolysis Products’ includes smoke and diesel exhaust; ‘Solvents’ includes paint and paint thinners; ‘Hydrocarbons, n.o.s.’ includes cutting oils; and ‘Polymers’ includes natural rubber latex. Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) lists some exposures in these categories as known asthmagens. See Appendix for information about data source and methods.

Source:  Provisional Sentinel Event Notification Systems for Occupational Risks surveillance data as of September 2006, reported by R Harrison and J Flattery (California); L Davis, E Pechter, and M Sharma (Massachusetts); K Rosenman, MJ Reilly, and D Kalinowski (Michigan); and D Valiante, D Schill, and K McGreevy (New Jersey).

Reference Number: 2007F09-01

Date Posted: June 2008

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