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Título: Fungal contamination of poultries litter: a public health problem
Autor: Viegas, Carla
Carolino, Elisabete
Malta-Vacas, Joana
Sabino, Raquel
Viegas, Susana
Veríssimo, Cristina
Palavras-chave: Saúde ambiental
Saúde pública
Saúde ocupacional
Environmental health
Public health
Occupational health
Data: Mai-2012
Editora: International Congress on Environmental Health
Citação: Viegas C, Carolino E, Malta-Vacas J, Sabino R, Viegas S, Veríssimo C. Fungal contamination of poultries litter: a public health problem. In ICEH2012, ESTeSL (Lisbon), 29th May to 1st June 2012. Oral presentation.
Resumo: Exposure to certain fungi can cause human illness. Fungi cause adverse human health effects through three specific mechanisms: generation of a harmful immune response (e.g., allergy or hypersensitivity pneumonitis); direct infection by the fungal organism; by toxic-irritant effects from mold byproducts, such as mycotoxins. In Portugal there is an increasingly industry of large facilities that produce whole chickens for domestic consumption and only few investigations have reported on fungal contamination of the poultry litter. The material used for poultry litter is varied but normally can be constitute by: pine shavings; sawdust of eucalyptus; other types of wood; peanut; coffee; sugar cane; straw; hay; grass; paper processed. Litter is one of the most contributive factors to fungal contamination in poultries. Spreading litter is one of the tasks that normally involve higher exposure of the poultry workers to dust, fungi and their metabolites, such as VOC’s and mycotoxins. After being used and removed from poultries, litter is ploughed into agricultural soils, being this practice potentially dangerous for the soil environment, as well for both humans and animals. The goal of this study was to characterize litter’s fungal contamination and also to report the incidence of keratinophilic and toxigenic fungi.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.21/1542
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