Prevalence of occupational allergy in medical researchers exposed to laboratory animals

Basilua Andre Muzembo, Masamitsu Eitoku, Yuta Inaoka, Makiko Oogiku, Mitomo Kawakubo, Ryuta Tai, Momoko Takechi, Ken Ichi Hirabayashi, Naofumi Yoshida, Nlandu Roger Ngatu, Ryoji Hirota, Bernardus Sandjaya, Narufumi Suganuma

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Allergy to laboratory animals is a well known occupational hazard and remains a health concern for individuals in contact with lab animals. This study evaluates the prevalence of allergy symptoms among medical researchers exposed to laboratory animals. We analyzed data from a cross-sectional survey, involving subjects (n=169, 21-59 yr), working in Kochi Medical School, Japan. They were asked to fill out a questionnaire to evaluate symptoms related to contact with laboratory animals. The overall response rate was 86.2%. The prevalence of laboratory animal allergy was 17.6%. The symptoms most reported were allergic rhino-conjunctivitis and asthma. A small number of the subjects received education on the allergy issue and 62.5% of subjects with an allergy to laboratory animals claimed to have atopy. Protection from animal allergens should be a high priority for institutions using lab animals; providing continuous education to animal handlers would be meaningful to reduce and control exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-261
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Allergy
  • Laboratory animal allergy
  • Laboratory animals
  • Medical researchers
  • Occupational allergy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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