Occupational Asthma Reference

Preller L, Hollander A, Heederik D, Brunekreef B, Potentially allergenic airborne particles in the vicinity of a yeast and penicillin production plant, Air Pollution Control Association, 1989;39:1094-1097,

Keywords: oa, yeast, penicillin, Saccharomices cerevisiae, ne, pharmaceutical

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Dick Heederik, Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht Dick Heederik

Bert Brunekreef, Utrecht University, Netherlands Bert Brunekreef

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Potential health risks of exposure to emissions of a yeast and penicillin production plant were investigated by measuring viable particles and protein contents of particles in ambient air. The results showed a clear decrease of the downwind number of yeast colony-forming units with increasing distance from the source. Upwind the number of yeast colony-forming units was zero. Identification showed that nearly all yeast were of the species Saccharomices cerevisiae. Such a trend could not be found for the total number of colony-forming units (yeasts, molds, and bacteria) although the upwind concentration was slightly lower than the downwind concentration. The downwind protein concentration was significantly elevated compared to the upwind concentration

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