McDonald JC, Keynes HL, Meredith SK, Reported Incidence Of Occupational Asthma In The United Kingdom 1989-97., Occup Environ Med, 2000;57:823-829,

BOHRF Original Authors' Main Conclusions

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Data described from 9 years of the SWORD surveillance scheme, which uses systematic reporting from physicians to provide a picture of the incidence of occupational respiratory disease in the United Kingdom. Occupational asthma accounted for 25% cases each year. Except for laboratory technicians all other occupations with average annual rates per million over 100, were concerned with manufacturing and processing that used chemicals metals and organic materials. Increase in proportion of cases attributed to latex and decrease in those attributed to isocyanates.

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