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Prevalence of farmer's lung in Scotland: a pilot survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4501939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In a survey of the farming population of Orkney, Ayrshire, and East Lothian the prevalence of farmer's lung was estimated at 86 per 1,000 in both Orkney and Ayrshire and 23 per 1,000 in East Lothian. If cases with a negative farmer's lung hay (F.L.H.) precipitin test are excluded these figures are reduced to 43, 36, and nil respectively, but those for Orkney and Ayrshire are still about 20 times higher than any figure previously reported for the prevalence of farmer's lung in Britain.Regional variations in prevalence are probably related both to climatic conditions and to differences in agricultural methods, the latter often being dictated by economic circumstances. Nevertheless the prevalence of farmer's lung could be reduced considerably by the energetic application of preventive measures, backed by financial incentives. The most important of these are efficient drying of hay and cereals before storage, more extensive use of silage, better ventilation of farm buildings, and the introduction of mechanical feeding systems. Individual farmworkers could be taught how to recognize the early symptoms of the disease and encouraged to wear respirators when handling mouldy fodder.
I W Grant; W Blyth; V E Wardrop; R M Gordon; J C Pearson; A Mair
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical journal     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0007-1447     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Med J     Publication Date:  1972 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1972-06-05     Completed Date:  1972-06-05     Revised Date:  2010-10-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372673     Medline TA:  Br Med J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  530-4     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Farmer's Lung / diagnosis,  epidemiology*,  prevention & control,  radiography
Middle Aged
Precipitin Tests
Rural Population
Ventilators, Mechanical

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