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Theatrical fog and work-related asthma in performers.
SENSOR Occup Lung Dis Bull 2003 Jan; :1-2
This first issue of the Bulletin for 2003 provides highlights from recent news reports about work-related lung disease. An opera singer sued the San Francisco Opera Association and three manufacturers due to work-related asthma caused by theatrical fog. The San Francisco Chronicle reported (12/15/02) that the singer accused the defendants of negligence and fraud. After 17 years of performing, with repeated exposures to the dramatic theatrical fog, she fell ill during a performance in 1999. Another opera singer with the San Francisco Opera Association, Pamela Dale, was diagnosed with reactive airways disease after falling ill in 1998. Dale was one of three opera members who had filed workers' compensation claims. Both singers worry that their singing careers may be over. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) released a new evidence-based statement about molds, October 27, 2002, entitled "Adverse Human Health Effects Associated with Molds in the Indoor Environment." The statement discusses the state of scientific knowledge regarding fungal-related illnesses in relationship to the indoor environment. This article provides a brief summary of the statement.
Occupational-diseases; Occupational-health; Lung-disease; Work-environment; Occupational-exposure; Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Bronchial-asthma; Employee-exposure; Occupational-respiratory-disease; Health-care; Surveillance-programs; Lung-irritants; Entertainment-industry; Entertainment-workers; Performing-artists; Allergic-reactions; Allergies; Molds; Indoor-air-pollution; Indoor-environmental-quality; Fungal-infections; Fungi; Food-additives; Food-processing-workers; Foodstuff; Lung-disease; Lung-function; Glycols; Aerosol-dispensers; Aerosol-generators; Aerosols
Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, 250 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
SENSOR Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin
Massachusetts State Department of Public Health
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division