Objective: To determine the epidemiology of metal fume fever over an extended period in Victoria, Australia. Methods: A retrospective case review of all metal fume fever related calls to the Victorian Poisons Information Centre. Specific defined criteria were used to identify cases of metal fume fever and a set of data points extracted for each. Results: Eighty-four (99%) of the cases involved adults. Fifty-three percent of exposures occurred in the workplace. The most frequent day of symptom manifestation was Monday (24%). All of the calls concerned people involved in welding metal with subsequent inhalation of fumes. Discussion: Calls were most common at the beginning of the week, reflecting the previously described phenomena of increased symptoms occurring after a period on nonexposure (loss of tolerance). Workplace safety and education is key to prevention of metal fume fever. Medical profession education may help prevent occurrences of metal fume fever at home, at school and in the workplace.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2012|
- Inhalational exposure
- Occupational diseases
- Poison control centres