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Handle laboratory animals


Occupational asthma after exposure to bioaerosols of dander, fur, and body wastes; Occupational asthma was reported in 13% of 296 laboratory animal workers. [Malo] Hazardous job tasks include sweeping and cleaning of cages and prolonged close association with animals or their dander, hair, scales, fur, saliva, sera, or body wastes. [See Hyperlink] Sensitized workers should be monitored for decline in respiratory function, and removal from exposure should be considered. [Portengen L, Hollander A, Doekes G, de Meer G, Heederik D. Lung function decline in laboratory animal workers: the role of sensitisation and exposure. Occup Environ Med 2003;60:870-875] See "Allergens, laboratory animals."

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Handling Animals

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Prevention of laboratory animal allergy

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