Sick building syndrome

A condition caused by exposure to various noxious agents that affect persons employed in a "sick building," usually an office or other building that houses many people working in close proximity to one another. Sick building syndrome characteristically occurs in tight buildings designed to reduce heat loss with windows that do not open and heating and cooling ducts that originate from a common source. The buildup of carbon dioxide in such buildings is a cause of sick building syndrome. Persons with the sick building syndrome tend to become very anxious, hyperventilate, and may develop tetany (with muscle twitches and cramps) and severe breathlessness. Other problems may be caused by trucks and other vehicles idling near the air intakes, resulting in excessive exposure to carbon monoxide and diesel fumes. Other forms of sick building syndrome include air-conditioner lung and humidifier fever.

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sick build·ing syndrome -'bil-diŋ- n a set of symptoms (as headache, fatigue, eye irritation, and breathing difficulties) that typically affect workers in modern airtight office buildings, that are believed to be caused by indoor pollutants (as formaldehyde fumes, particulate matter, or microorganisms), and that tend to disappear when affected individuals leave the building abbr. SBS compare BUILDING-RELATED ILLNESS

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