Sick Building Syndrome

Common Features:

  • Symptoms consistently appear in an individual upon entering a building.

  • Symptoms disappear when individual leaves building.

  • Often occurs in new, poorly ventilated, or recently refurbished office building.

  • Suspected causes:
    • combustion products
    • household chemicals
    • biological materials & vapors
    • emissions from building furnishings

  • Irritancy to eyes, nose, throat are predominant symptoms.

  • Sensitivity may increase with repeated exposures.

  • Some chronic diseases associated with SBS.

    ...... last changed 12/25/99

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