CDC researchers identify new occupational disease among metalworkers

New journal article and blog provide more information on Welder’s anthrax

April 22, 2022
NIOSH Update:


Welder’s anthrax is a newly identified, rare but serious disease. Welder’s anthrax is a pneumonia in a metalworker caused by bacteria that produces anthrax toxin. Seven patients diagnosed with what is now termed welders anthrax were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 1994–2020. The job title of six patients was welder, and the job title of the seventh was metalworker. This is the first report to describe this newly identified occupational disease and provide additional information on cases, describe possible infection mechanisms, and outline ways to prevent welder’s anthrax in the workplace.


MA de Perio et al. Welder’s Anthrax: A Review of an Occupational Disease published in the journal, Pathogens. DOI: 10.3390/pathogens11040402external icon (2022)


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If you have questions or wish to schedule an interview with lead author Marie de Perio, M.D., a physician and infectious disease expert at CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, please contact:

Stephanie Stevens
Health Communication Specialist
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Page last reviewed: April 5, 2022