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Stuttgart Mühlhausen, Germany

Zollner I.,Epidemiologie und GBE | Gabrio T.,Epidemiologie und GBE | Weidner U.,Epidemiologie und GBE | Horras-Hun G.,Epidemiologie und GBE | And 6 more authors.
Umweltmedizin in Forschung und Praxis | Year: 2012

Between November 2010 and March 2011 a total of 1394 employees of administrative district offices in Baden-Wurttemberg were tested by 10 health offices using a test on sensitization against inhalation allergens (sx1), against a mould allergen mixture (mx1) and eleven single mould allergens by means of in vitro Allegiescreening (UniCap 100, Phadia). The prevalence of sensitization against the mould allergen mixture (mx1) was 2.5% of all participants and 6.5% of all participants with positive sx1-test. The highest prevalence of sensitization against single mould allergens was observed for Alternaria alternata (m6) a mould species which is considered as mainly outside air-related. For about 2% of all participants the m6 test result was positive. This were 5% of all participants with positive sx1-test. The sensitization rates found against the other mould species tested for were all less than 1% of all participants. The analysis of questionnaire data on asthma, hay fever and allergies showed that the risk of these diseases and corresponding specific symptoms was higher among participants with a positive mx1-test compared to the other participants. The results of this study are compared to those of the KUS study of the Umweltbundesamt and the KIGGS study of the Robert Koch Institute as well as to results which were received in studies with children in Baden-Württemberg. © ecomed Medizin, Verlagsgruppe Hüthig Jehle Rehm GmbH, Landsberg.

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