Respiratory hazards of poultry dust

Recent research into the incidence of ill health in agriculture in Great Britain reported a high prevalence of respiratory symptoms in poultry farm workers, who can be exposed to significant amounts of airborne dust (poultry dust) generated during poultry work activities. Both acute and chronic work-related symptoms have been reported in poultry workers and the range of symptoms suggests that poultry dust may cause harm by various mechanisms, including allergic reaction and direct irritancy. Strong evidence exists to support a risk of occupational asthma associated with exposure to certain components in the dust.

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