RR6 - The chronic health effects of exposure to biological agents: a systematic literature review.
Aimed to review and critically evaluate the scientific evidence
for chronic health effects associated with infection by biological
agents of occupational relevance and to highlight any knowledge
gaps. Two systematic literature reviews were conducted for
documented evidence of occupational transmission (Occupational
search) for each of the listed agents and for evidence of chronic
health effects in those agents with a documented occupational
relevance (Chronic health effects search). A variety of databases
were searched: all papers published in English between 1970 and the
present day were included.. A total of 4,124 references were
identified on the occupational transmission of biological agents
search and more than 2,000 papers were identified in the chronic
health effects search. Each organism/disease section concludes with
the critical appraisal and a discussion of the evidence. Overall,
comparatively little convincing evidence exists. There is some
evidence that all the biological agents included in this research
can be acquired in certain occupational settings Makes a number of
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