Sick-building symptoms in office workers in northeastern France: a pilot study

  title={Sick-building symptoms in office workers in northeastern France: a pilot study},
  author={Dan B. Teculescu and Erik Andr{\'e} Sauleau and Nicole Massin and Abraham B Bohadana and Oliver Buhler and Lahoucine Benamghar and Jean M Mur},
  journal={International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health},
Study objectives: To verify that sick building symptoms are present in north-eastern France office workers; to try to identify new confounding factors. Methods: The design was that of a cross-sectional study with control group.We studied with the same methods the personnel of an air-conditioned building (n = 425), and of a naturally ventilated building (n = 351). Air temperature and humidity, bacterial and fungal densities were measured by the same technical staff in the two buildings. A… 
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