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Connecting Poor Occupant Respiratory Health with the Presence of Fungi in Indoor Environments

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dc.contributor.advisor Torzilli, Albert P.
dc.contributor.author Dodson, Bonny L.
dc.creator Dodson, Bonny L.
dc.date 2010-07-26
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-12T15:30:55Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en_US
dc.date.available 2011-05-12T15:30:55Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-12
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/6306
dc.description.abstract For the last 25 years, scientists and policy-makers have suspected that fungi colonizing indoors have a detrimental influence on the respiratory health of occupants. To address this public health concern, a meta- analysis was performed that examined the association between fungal agents and nasal hypersensitivities in indoor environments. The effect size estimates (odds ratios) from thirty individual statistics lend support to evidence that occupants exposed to fungal agents are more likely to exhibit symptoms of nasal hypersensitivities. The meta-analytic test statistic of Z= 8.48 (p<0.00001); summary I2 = 44%; and, summary odds ratio= 1.58 [Children (1.63); Adults (1.49); (95% C. I.)] links fungal agents and nasal hypersensitivity symptoms. This study’s findings acknowledge the consistency of association between fungal agents and hypersensitivities and moreover support the need for public health policies addressing indoor fungal contamination in order to protect community respiratory health.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject mold en_US
dc.subject respiratory en_US
dc.subject allergy en_US
dc.subject fungi en_US
dc.subject meta-analysis en_US
dc.subject environment en_US
dc.title Connecting Poor Occupant Respiratory Health with the Presence of Fungi in Indoor Environments en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Environmental Science and Public Policy en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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