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Prevalence and risk factors for latex allergy: a cross sectional study in a United Kingdom hospital
  1. Argyll and Clyde Occupational Health Service, Dykebar Hospital, Paisley PA3 7DE, United Kingdom
  1. Dr Eugene R Waclawski

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Editor—The recent report by Smedleyet al 1 is useful in measuring the prevalence and risk factors for latex allergy within a United Kingdom environment, and providing an up to date review of this problem.

The paper highlights the high frequency of symptoms in healthcare staff but suggests a low frequency of confirmed type I latex allergy. Those who only read the abstract might be misled into considering that the frequency is much lower (two …

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