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Fungal spores: hazardous to health?

Authors
Sorenson WG
Source
Environ Health Perspect 1999 Jun; 107(3):469-472
NIOSHTIC No.
20000896
Abstract
Fungi have long been known to affect human well being in various ways, including disease of essential crop plants, decay of stored foods with possible concomitant production of mycotoxins, superficial and systemic infection of human tissues, and disease associated with immune stimulation such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis and toxic pneumonitis. The spores of a large number of important fungi are less than 5 microm aerodynamic diameter, and therefore are able to enter the lungs. They also may contain significant amounts of mycotoxins. Diseases associated with inhalation of fungal spores include toxic pneumonitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, tremors, chronic fatigue syndrome, kidney failure, and cancer.
Keywords
Fungi; Fungal-diseases; Fungal-infections; Mycotoxins; Microbiology; Molds; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Kidney-disorders; Lung-disorders; Author Keywords: mold; fungi; mycotoxin; lung disease; toxic pneumonia
Contact
W.G. Sorenson, Immunology Section, NIOSH, 1095 Willowdale Road MS 215 Morgantown, WV, 26505
CODEN
EVHPAZ
Publication Date
19990601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1999
ISSN
0091-6765
NIOSH Division
DRDS
Priority Area
Pulmonary-system-disorders; Infectious Diseases
Source Name
Environmental Health Perspectives
State
WV
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