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Risk Factors For Asthma in Laboratory Animal Allergy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: May 25, 2000
Last updated: February 17, 2016
Last verified: May 2000
To identify risk factors which predispose individuals to develop asthma and other manifestations of allergic disease on exposure to laboratory animals in the workplace.

Asthma Lung Diseases

Study Type: Observational

Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Study Start Date: July 1983
Study Completion Date: June 1990
Detailed Description:


In 1982, asthma and allergy to laboratory animals among persons who worked with the animals gained increased recognition as an occupational health problem affecting researchers, veterinarians, technicians, animal handlers, and others. At that time, more than 90,000 workers across the United States were at risk due to their exposure to lab animals in the more than 1,100 facilities registered by the United States Department of Agriculture. Several surveys of exposed workers indicated a prevalence rate of allergic symptoms due to laboratory animal allergy ranging from 19-30 percent in animal workers. Asthma was also a frequent disease among animal workers; these surveys indicated that as many as 13-14 percent of exposed workers had asthma.

The problem of laboratory animal allergy and asthma involved a vast industry that included medical and veterinary colleges, research institutes and universities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, commercial laboratory animal producers, and hospitals.


Recruitment for this longitudinal study began in November 1983 and ended in July 1987. The initial visit consisted of an extensive interview to identify and to exclude those individuals with laboratory animal allergy, asthma, and other manifestations of allergy and to obtain an occupational history. Venipuncture was used to obtain serum for IgE and IgG antibody assays. Pulmonary function tests, including a methacholine challenge, were administered. Psychosocial questionnaires were administered. Subjects were evaluated at six month intervals with skin tests, venipuncture, and methacholine challenge. The degree of exposure to animal allergens was quantitated by aeroallergen sampling of workplace and personal breathing zone air and by work diaries.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS) record.


Ages Eligible for Study:   up to 100 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
No eligibility criteria
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  More Information

Corn M, Koegel A, Hall T, Scott A, Newill C, Evans R: Characteristics of Airborne Particles Associated with Animal Allergy in Laboratory Workers. Ann Occup Hyg, 32:435-446 (Suppl 1), 1988
Evans R III, Summers RJ, Newill CA: Allergic Reactions Caused by Exposure to Animals. In: Lichtenstein LM, Fauci AS (Eds), Current Therapy in Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology - III. BC Decker Inc, Toronto, Philadelphia, p 5-7, 1988
Evans R III, Fortney S, Menkes H, Newill C, Cohens BH: Biological Indicators of Susceptibility. In: Green GM, Baker F (Eds), Work, Health and Productivity. Oxford University Press, 1991. Identifier: NCT00005283     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2004
R01HL030532 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: May 25, 2000
Last Updated: February 17, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases processed this record on August 21, 2017