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Re: Books and disease.



wow, i never knew how dangerous bookbinding was! Great info--i'm going to
start wearing a mask when dealing with older, dusty books.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Loud Creek Books & Bindery" <loudcreek@WORLDNET.ATT.NET>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Sent: Wednesday, March 01, 2000 3:57 PM
Subject: Re: Books and disease.


> Colleagues,
>
>         I know from a course in occupational disease a number of years ago
(I won't
> say how many) that there is a disease called "Bookbinders Disease". It is
> really a grouping of lung infections, primarily caused by the various
fungi
> that may inhabit books. Some of these diseases are really quite nasty.
Hard
> to treat, debilatating and even deadly.
>
>         This is why I always wear a good quality surgical mask when
breaking down
> all old books. It is amazing how much "dust" can come out of one. I clean
up
> well afterward (still wearing the mask). An important thing to remember is
> that some of these infections take years to develop clinical symptoms.
>
>         Fungi can actually grow and multiply in books and therefore can be
a potent
> agent of disease in books. TB would not do the same thing, though TB can
> remain dormant in certain environments for a long time, a person would
> probably have to be immunocompromised to pick up TB from a book.
>
>         There are a number of other bacterial diseases that may be carried
by a
> book. But a diseased person would really have to put alot of something
> (don't ask) from their body on the book to transmit it to another person.
> The next person to handle the book would also have to handle it in a
> relatively short period of time and not be cleanly in their habits.
>
>         To my knowledge none of the other critters that live in books
(Book worms
> and their ilk) have caused disease in any significant number of people.
>
>         To those that have to know:  this information comes from my former
life as
> a PhD in clinical microbiology and a DVM before I started bookbinding as
an
> occupation.
>
> Regards (or should I say "Be careful out there")
>
> Kurt Klappenbach
> Loud Creek Books & Bindery
> P.O. Box 8120
> Bangor, ME   04402-8120
> 207.990.3786
> loudcreek@worldnet.att.net
>
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