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Effects of microwave exposure in the radar workers of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force
B Rashidi , K Alizadeh, S Zareiy
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Background: There are several evidences of the effect of radiofrequency fields on organic functions and some reports about diseases in radar workers. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of microwave exposure in radar workers of IRI Air Force.
Materials and methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, 157 radar workers were enrolled by the convenience sampling method. A three sections information form was used for data collection which included demographic information, general and specialized examinations, and laboratory tests. Data were entered to computer after gathering the complete forms and were analyzed by SPSS software.
Results: The most common symptoms among 157 radar workers were fatigue (58.3%), blurred vision (49.4%), and weakness (42.9%). The vision problems were found in 71 cases (45.8%) and 38 personnel (24.5%) suffered from cataract. Skin diseases were observed in 38 personnel (25%). There was a history of abortion in eight personnel's wives (5.2%) and four cases suffered from sterility. The complete blood counts were in normal range.
Conclusion: The radar workers are exposed to radiofrequency fields for a long time and may be affected to its different biological consequences such as neurological or ophthalmologic complications. It is necessary to regulate standards about exposure and protection for radar and also to perform more careful control and follow-up for exposure complications.
Keywords: radar workers, microwave, cataract
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2012/03/7 | Accepted: 2014/06/3 | Published: 2014/06/3
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Rashidi B, Alizadeh K, Zareiy S. Effects of microwave exposure in the radar workers of Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force. EBNESINA- Journal of Medical. 2009; 12 (1) :4-10
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