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Respiratory illness in workers exposed to metalworking fluid contaminated with nontuberculous mycobacteria - Ohio, 2001.

Authors
Weiss-L; Pue-C; Lewis-R; Rossmoore-H; Fink-J; Harney-J; Trout-D
Source
MMWR 2002 Apr; 51(16):349-352
NIOSHTIC No.
20022646
Abstract
In January 2001, three machinists at an automobile brake manufacturing facility in Ohio (plant A) were hospitalized with respiratory illness characterized by dyspnea, cough, fatigue, weight loss, hypoxia, and pulmonary infiltrates. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) was diagnosed in all three workers. In March 2001, additional employees began seeking medical attention for respiratory and systemic symptoms. In May 2001, union and management representatives requested assistance from CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in determining the cause of the illnesses and preventing further illness in employees. This report describes two case reports and the preliminary results of the ongoing investigation, which found that exposure to aerosolized nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) might be contributing to the observed respiratory illnesses in this manufacturing facility. Clinicians and public health professionals should be alert to the variable presentation of occupational respiratory disease that might occur in workers in the machining industry.
Keywords
Respiratory-system-disorders; Machine-operators; Machine-tools; Machinists; Metalworking; Metalworking-fluids; Automotive-industry; Bacterial-infections; Biocides; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Synthetic-materials; Region-5; Aerosol-particles
CODEN
MMWRB6
CAS No.
50-00-0
Publication Date
20020426
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
16
ISSN
0892-3787
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
State
OH
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