Journal article

Household determinants of biocontaminant exposures in Canadian homes

Liu Sun, J David Miller, Keith Van Ryswyk, Amanda J Wheeler, Marie-Eve Heroux, Mark S Goldberg, Gary Mallach

INDOOR AIR | WILEY | Published : 2021

Abstract

Exposure to biocontaminants, such as dust mites, animal dander, bacteria, and mold, is associated with a range of health effects. This study identified household characteristics associated with indoor biocontaminant loadings in four Canadian cities. Floor dust was collected in 290 Canadian homes in Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, and Windsor. The dust samples were analyzed for house dust mite allergens (Der f 1 and Der p 1), cat allergen (Fel d 1), cockroach allergen (Bla g 1), beta-(1,3)-D-glucan, and endotoxin. Household information was obtained through questionnaires and home inspections. We performed univariate and multivariate analyses to identify household determinants of biocontaminant l..

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