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Environ Health Prev Med. 2014 May;19(3):215-9. doi: 10.1007/s12199-014-0378-6. Epub 2014 Jan 30.

Prevalence and interannual changes in multiple chemical sensitivity in Japanese workers.

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Department of Public Health, Faculty of Life Sciences, Kumamoto University, 1-1-1 Honjou, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto, 860-8556, Japan, bjcxy860508@hotmail.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We aimed to evaluate the prevalence rates and interannual fluctuations in multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) in Japanese workers.

METHODS:

We assessed MCS using the Quick Environmental Exposure and Sensitivity Inventory, employing both Miller and Japanese criteria. Workers of two manufacturing companies located in Kyushu, Japan, were assessed, with company A surveyed in 2003, 2006 and 2011, and company B in 2003 and 2011.

RESULTS:

In company A, the Miller criteria-based MCS prevalence rate was higher in 2011 than in 2003, and according to the Japanese criteria, it was higher in 2011 than 2006. In company B, the Miller criteria-based MCS prevalence rate was lower in 2011 than in 2003.

CONCLUSION:

The results indicated that MCS exists among industrial workers in Japan. We found no statistically significant interannual changes in MCS rates.

PMID:
24477857
PMCID:
PMC4019757
DOI:
10.1007/s12199-014-0378-6
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