What is the likelihood of developing animal allergies in the workplace?

It is estimated that as many as one-in-three individuals working with animals in a laboratory setting will develop an allergy to animal proteins. An allergy can present as a “stuffy” or “runny” nose, irritated eyes, coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath. Most workers who develop allergic reactions to animals will do so within the first year of working with them. Infrequently, reactions may occur only after working with animals for years.