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Zoonoses – Animal diseases that may also affect humans

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Passive smoking

Passive smoking occurs when a person breathes in environmental tobacco smoke (ETS).

ETS is a mixture of side stream smoke passing directly from the burning tobacco and the exhaled mainstream smoke from the smoker.

More than 4,000 substances, including some …

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Occupational asthma

Occupational asthma is asthma that is caused by a substance inhaled at work. Although the contribution of workplace exposures to asthma may not always be clear, occupational asthma is considered to be the most common occupational lung disease.

Who is

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Q-Fever

Q-Fever first appeared in Australia during the 1930s when workers at a Brisbane meat processing plant became ill with a fever.

As the cause of the illness was unknown, the workers were diagnosed with ‘Query’ fever – eventually abbreviated to …

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Brucellosis

Brucellosis occurs world wide and is an occupational hazard in Australia

What is Brucellosis?

Brucellosis is an infectious disease found in animals which can infect a person therefore employees who work with cattle and pigs such as farm workers, animal

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Anthrax

Antrax is a serious disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a bacterium that forms spores. A bacterium is a very small organism made up of one cell. Many bacteria can cause diseases. A spore is a cell that is dormant (asleep)

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Zoonosis

Zoonosis – Animal Disease that may also Affect Humans

Bronwyn Murdoch, Attwood

There are many disease agents that can cause disease in multiple species of animals including humans. These diseases are called zoonoses. People are exposed to the bacteria, protozoa, …

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Dermatitis

Occupational skin diseases are a widespread problem. Despite numerous protective mechanisms, the skin remains vulnerable to new irritants found in the workplace.

The skin is a good protective cover but it can fail if the load put on it becomes

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