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To investigate the levels of major indoor allergens in the settled dust and air in hospitals and determine the effects of regular vacuuming on allergen levels in hospital chairs.

House dust mite (Der p 1), cat (Fel d 1), dog (Can f 1), and cockroach (Bla g 2) allergen levels were measured in dust collected from 83 carpeted floors, 69 mattresses, and 42 upholstered chairs in 14 British hospitals. The hospitals included six private and eight public hospitals that provided both adult and pediatric care. Airborne samples were also collected from the outpatient department of one of the participating hospitals. Samples were collected using standard techniques and allergen levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). To compare the effects of vacuuming on dog and cat allergen levels, dust samples were collected...

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