Farmer's lung in Ireland (1983-1996) remains at a constant level.
AffiliationDepartment of Respiratory Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Ireland.
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CitationIr J Med Sci. 1999 Jan-Mar;168(1):21-4.
JournalIrish journal of medical science
AbstractA prospective study was undertaken by the Departments of Respiratory Medicine and Medical Microbiology at the Cork University Hospital, a. to investigate the epidemiology of Farmer's Lung (F.L.) in the Republic of Ireland (pop. 3.5 million), with special reference to the South Western Region of this country (pop. 536,000) and b. to assess any relationship between the prevalence/incidence of F.L. with climatic factors in South West Ireland, between 1983 and 1996. F.L. incidence remained constant throughout the 13 yrs studied both on a national and a regional basis. A significant relationship was also found between total rainfall each summer and F.L. incidence and prevalence over the following yr (p < 0.005) in South-West Ireland. The persistence of F.L. in Ireland at a constant level suggests that farmers' working environment and farm practices need to be improved.