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J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Feb;53(2):190-5. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31820805d5.

Neurologic symptoms associated with raising poultry and swine among participants in the Agricultural Health Study.

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Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA. mdavis@jhsph.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is the leading cause of acute peripheral neuropathy worldwide, often associated with recent foodborne infection with Campylobacter jejuni. In this cross-sectional analysis of data from the Agricultural Health Study, we tested whether swine and poultry exposure were associated with increased prevalence of GBS-like neurologic symptoms.

METHODS:

Using multivariate analysis, we tested the symptoms such as numbness and weakness, relevant to inflammatory peripheral neuropathies, among farmers with self-reported occupational poultry or swine exposure compared with farmers who reported no occupational animal exposure.

RESULTS:

Among swine farmers/workers, prevalence of weakness and numbness were increased (P < 0.05). Among poultry farmers/workers, prevalence of weakness and numbness were increased, but increased prevalence of weakness was not statistically significant.

CONCLUSIONS:

Occupational contact with live poultry or swine, potentially related to C. jejuni exposure, was associated with increased reporting of GBS-like symptoms.

PMID:
21270654
PMCID:
PMC3041019
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0b013e31820805d5
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