The microbiome is the community of microorganisms (e.g., fungi, bacteria, and viruses) that exist in an environment, such as on a specific body part or in a workplace.
This project aims to better understand how the conditions within swine farms influence the microbiome of swine workers. Researchers will test the hypothesis that different on-farm microbiomes impact worker microbiomes differentially based on the worker’s assigned job tasks. The findings of this study will support the further development of evidence-based, targeted interventions to protect and improve the health of swine workers.
Why is this important?
An individual’s microbiome is an important part of their lifetime health. Understanding swine worker microbiomes and how they are influenced will help to develop effective interventions to prevent illness and death among these workers.