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BSI response to study linking disinfectant use to COPD

11 September 2017

A presentation being made at the European Respiratory Society Congress in Milan today has reported on findings from a study examining the use of disinfectant by nurses and their subsequent likelihood of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The authors report that regular use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing COPD. In response to this presentation, the British Society for Immunology has released the following statement:


Dr Sheena Cruickshank, British Society for Immunology spokesperson and Senior Lecturer in Immunology at The University of Manchester, said:

“COPD is a complex disease and it is known that the likelihood of developing COPD is greater if you have smoked and increases the longer you have smoked. Other factors that irritate the airways may further aggravate symptoms such as pollution (internal and external). Without being able to see the analysis, and how any adjustments were done for such factors as smoking, it is very difficult to know how significant this study is at this time.”

The full abstract that this statement is in response to is being presented at the European Respiratory Congress on Monday 11 September.  More information can be found here.