Welders are at increased risk for invasive pneumococcal disease.

@article{Wong2010WeldersAA,
  title={Welders are at increased risk for invasive pneumococcal disease.},
  author={Alexander U. J. Wong and Tom Marrie and Sipi Garg and James Duncan Kellner and Gregory J. Tyrrell},
  journal={International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases},
  year={2010},
  volume={14 9},
  pages={e796-9}
}
BACKGROUND Welders are at increased risk of pulmonary infection and lobar pneumonia, likely due to significant occupational exposure to metal fumes. We hypothesized that welders would be at increased risk for invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) compared to the general population. METHODS A retrospective chart review of all patients with IPD in the province of Alberta, Canada (population approx. 3.3 million) was conducted from 2000 to 2004 to study the epidemiology of IPD. RESULTS There were… CONTINUE READING

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