Laboratory Animal Allergy and Pet Allergy among Korean Laboratory Animal Researchers
Monday, March 5, 2018
South Hall A2 (Convention Center)
Sang Min Lee, Jeong Woo Shim, Hong Seok Park, Sang Pyo Lee
RATIONALE: Prevalence of laboratory animal allergy (LAA) and pet allergy (PA) among laboratory animal researchers, especially in Korea, is not fully investigated yet.

METHODS: Korean laboratory researchers who attended 2016 annual symposium of Korean Association of Laboratory Animal Science were asked to answer the questionnaires regarding animal allergy and to undergo skin prick test for animal allergens.

RESULTS: A total of 135 out of 618 attendants were enrolled. Among them, seventy three (11.8% of attendants) complained of allergic symptom while they contacted with laboratory or pet animals (29 with mouse, 15 with rat, 11 with cat, 8 with dog, 7 with rabbit, 1 with hamster, 1 with pig, and 1 with hedgehog). In these subjects with animal allergy, allergic conjunctivitis was more prevalent (17.8% vs. 1.6%, P=0.002), and sensitization to animal allergen including mouse, rat, dog, cat, guinea pig, hamster, and horse was more frequent (P<0.05 for each allergen) than in those without animal allergy. Meanwhile, they contacted less diverse kinds of animals (3.6 ± 2.8 species vs. 4.6 ± 3.1 species, P=0.051) in their lives, especially in terms of dog, hamster, chicken, monkey and sheep (P <0.05 for each animal). In them, symptoms of rhinitis were most frequently complained of (76.7%), followed by those of skin (42.5%), conjunctivitis (41.1%), and lower respiratory tract (19.2%).

CONCLUSIONS: More than 10 percent of laboratory animal researchers experienced LAA or PA, and sensitized to animal allergens. They had contacted with less variety of animals in their lives compared to those without animal allergy.