Airway Obstruction Among Latino Poultry Processing Workers in North Carolina
Source:Arch Environ Occup Health. 70(1):63-66.
Emigrants And Immigrants
Respiratory Function Tests
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4526130
Funding:R01 OH009251/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
R01OH009251/OH/NIOSH CDC HHS/United States
Description:This analysis was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of airway obstruction among Latino poultry processing workers. Data were collected from 279 poultry processing workers and 222 other manual laborers via spirometry and interviewer-administered questionnaires. Participants employed in poultry processing reported the activities they perform at work. Participants with forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) or FEV1/forced expiratory volume (FVC) below the lower limits of normal were categorized as having airway obstruction. Airway obstruction was identified in 13% of poultry processing workers and 12% of the comparison population. Among poultry processing workers, the highest prevalence of airway obstruction (21%) occurred among workers deboning chickens (prevalence ratio: 1.75; 95% confidence interval: 0.97, 3.15). These findings identify variations in the prevalence of airway obstruction across categories of work activities.
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