Fungal spores: hazardous to health?
Environ Health Prospect 1999 Jun; 107(Suppl 3):469-474
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.
Molds; Fungi; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Kidney-disorders; Lung-disorders
Immunology Section NIOSH 1095 Willowdale Rd, MS 215 Morgantown, WV 26505
Disease and Injury; Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Environmental Health Perspectives