Allergens from rats, mice, guinea pigs or rabbits cause up to 30% of exposed persons to develop specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) responses. Laboratory animal allergy (LAA) is among the highest occupational risks for asthma in the UK. Elevated levels of nitric oxide (NO) are found in exhaled breath in asthma. In LAA symptoms may progress from conjunctivitis, rhinitis to asthma. Health surveillance aims to detect early sensitization.