Occupational Asthma Reference

Newman Taylor AJ, Pickering CAC, TurnerWarwick M, Pepys J, Respiratory allergy to a factory humidifier contaminant presenting as pyrexia of undetermined origin, Br Med J, 1978;ii:94-95,

Keywords: occupational asthma, asthma , humidifier, humidifier fever, IgG, challenge, PUO, printing, Phialophora, Fusarium, Cephalosporium

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Tony Pickering, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK Tony Pickering

Jack Pepys, Royal Brompton Hospital Jack Pepys

Tony Newman Taylor, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Tony Newman Taylor

Margaret Turner-Warwick, Royal Brompton Hospital Margaret Turner-Warwick

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Abstract

We report a patient who had attacks of fever which were particularly
acute upon return to work after a weekend or other absence, but
which improved during the working week. They were probably
attributable to a reaction to contaminants growing in the factory
humidifier system. (The challenge was to freeze dried humidifier sludge at 10mg/ml)

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