Agent Name

Allergens, farm animal

Major Category

Biological Agents

Category

Animal-Derived Allergens

Sources/Uses

Occupational asthma reported in farmers, poultry workers, and butchers; [Malo]

Comments

Occupational asthma has been documented after exposure to cow dander, goat dander, chickens, pigs, and pig gut (vapor from soaking water). [Malo] Cow dander is the most common cause of occupational contact urticaria, rhinitis, and asthma in Finland. ["Statistical data on occupational contact urticaria" Kanerva L, et al. Contact Dermatitis 1996, 35, 229-233] Other animal-derived allergens documented to cause contact urticaria in farmers, veterinarians, and slaughterhouse workers are not only raw meat, but any animal part (e.g., skin, gut, liver, and blood). [Kanerva, p. 220]

Reference Link

Sensitization to pig albumin and gamma-globulin responsible for occupational respiratory allergy.

Adverse Effects
Asthma

Yes

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