Occupational Asthma Reference

Draper A, Cullinan P, Campbell C, Jones M, Newman Taylor A, Occupational asthma from fungicides fluazinam and chlorothalonil, Occup Environ Med, 2003;60:76-77,

Keywords: UK, fluazinam, chlorothalonil, new cause, challenge, pef, pharmacetical manufacture,

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Paul Cullinan, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK Paul Cullinan

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

Meinir Jones, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Meinir Jones

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We report two cases of occupational asthma caused by sensitisation to powdered fungicides fluazinam and chlorothalonil, from the same fungicide formulation plant. Both developed work related lower respiratory symptoms
after a latent interval of asymptomatic exposure. The diagnosis in each case was confirmed with a serial peak flow record in the workplace followed by specific inhalation tests. These fungicides are known to cause dermatitis; this report indicates that these compounds can induce specific
immunological reactions in the airways as well as skin.

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