Antimicrobial antibodies in Danish slaughterhouse workers and greenhouse workers.


As a consequence of contact with animals and animal products slaughterhouse workers might be at risk of infection with pathogenic microorganisms. This hypothesis has been supported by some earlier studies. In this study 217 slaughtermen and a control group of 113 greenhouse workers were investigated for the prevalence of serum antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii, Campylobacter jejuni (IgA and IgG), Yersinia enterocolitica types 3 and 9, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis types I, II, III, IV, and V, Salmonella typhi, Salmonella paratyphi, Salmonella enteritidis, Salmonella typhimurium, and Borrelia burgdorferi. No significant differences were found concerning either frequency of positive tests or magnitude of titers. The prevalence of toxoplasma antibodies was remarkably high in both groups.

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@article{Lings1994AntimicrobialAI, title={Antimicrobial antibodies in Danish slaughterhouse workers and greenhouse workers.}, author={Svend Lings and Flemming Lander and Mette Lebech}, journal={International archives of occupational and environmental health}, year={1994}, volume={65 6}, pages={405-9} }