Sheep dip victims sought for study


31 March 1999


Sheep dip victims sought for study

VOLUNTEERS are being sought for a new study into the effects of exposure to sheep dip.

The Centre for Occupational Health at the University of Manchester wants sheep farmers who have developed illnesses connected with sheep dipping to take part in the project funded by the Health and Safety Executive.

The study will investigate whether there are genetic factors that make some people who use organophosphates more susceptible to chronic ill health.

Volunteers for the new study will be visited by a nurse and asked to complete questionnaires on current health, medical history and work exposure.

Blood samples will be taken for laboratory analysis and consent will be sought for researchers to contact participants doctors. Each volunteer will also be asked to nominate three other people who have had similar exposure to dips but have not developed an illness.

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