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Table 6 Acute symptoms in exposed female and male workers in food processing, textile and farming industries

From: Gender and respiratory findings in workers occupationally exposed to organic aerosols: A meta analysis of 12 cross-sectional studies

Group Sex N Cough % Dyspnea % Throat Eye irritation % Nose Headache %
      irritation % dryness %   secretion % dryness % bleeding %  
All food processing workers F 746 45.8 39.7 42.7 36.2 41.4 21.0 41.5 24.5 32.3
  M 259 39.7 44.5 42.7 37.7 42.0 24.3 39.3 19.2 28.0
All textile workers F 381 65.6 55.8 59.3 59.9 62.8 26.3 38.7 25.0 44.4
  M 173 64.1 56.6 56.2 54.3 58.7 24.0 37.9 24.3 31.5
All farmers F 252 53.3 44.9 48.8 35.9 44.7 19.7 31.7 10.9 28.4
  M 1200 48.2 41.0 34.7 33.7 36.9 17.1 29.4 17.2 13.0
  1. F = female
  2. M = male