Agent Name

Allergens, laboratory animals

Major Category

Biological Agents

Category

Animal-Derived Allergens

Comments

Occupational asthma exposed to various laboratory animal allergens reported in laboratory workers; [Malo] Occupational contact urticaria documented in workers exposed to rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, and frogs; also to contact with Hair (rat, mice), Liver, Placenta (cow), Serum (amphibian), Urine, Gut (pig); "SPTs [skin prick tests] to laboratory animals have been positive in 15-21% of persons who work with animals in laboratories and to cow in 5-14% of some farmer populations." [Kanerva, p. 220, 820]

Reference Link

Prevention of laboratory animal allergy in the United States: a national survey.

Exposure Assessment
Reference Link

Primary and secondary allergies to laboratory animals.

Adverse Effects
Asthma

Yes

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Diseases

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