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Table 7 Acute symptoms in exposed female and male workers in food processing 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 %  
Coffee F 82 37.8 43.9 45.1 34.1 63.4 29.3 36.6 31.7 39.0
  M 21 57.1 52.4 61.9 42.9 47.6 52.4 61.9 33.3 47.6
Tea F 100 58.7 42.4 56.5 27.2 30.4 25.0 47.8 40.2 28.3
  M 32 50.6 40.2 50.5 20.3 29.5 15.0 39.8 20.1 18.4
Spices F 92 58.7 42.4 56.5 27.2 30.4 25.0 47.8 40.2 28.3
  M 20 50.1 45.2 57.6 20.2 29.4 20.1 40.5 30.2 20.4
Soy F 31 48.5 40.4 39.5 20.7 28.9 24.2 39.1 10.5 11.4
  M 29 55.6 48.2 44.4 40.7 44.4 33.3 40.7 13.8 25.9
Animal Food F 35 50.1 39.5 36.5 41.2 38.9 10.5 41.5 10.2 36.8
  M 71 53.5 47.9 46.5 54.9 53.5 8.5 53.5 9.9 32.4
Dried fruits F 54 33.3 33.3 25.9 29.6 35.7 12.9 25.9 25.9 38.9
  M 29 30.5 33.7 20.1 25.2 30.5 10.7 20.8 20.8 18.9
Confectionary F 259 25.5 41.0 38.5 60.3 51.3 14.1 47.4 20.5 46.2
  M 29 44.8 51.7 20.7 58.6 52.6 34.5 17.2 10.3 41.4
Cocoa & flour F 93 54.2 34.5 43.0 49.2 52.4 27.1 46.1 17.2 29.2
  M 28 55.1 36.4 40.0 39.1 48.1 20.2 40.2 15.1 19.3
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
  1. F = female
  2. M = male