Agent Name

Chironomid midges

Major Category

Biological Agents

Category

Insect-Derived Allergens

Comments

Occupational asthma reported in 45% of 225 aquarists and fish-food factory workers; [Malo] The larvae of the chironomid midges (bloodworms) are eaten by trout and other game fish. Larvae are cultivated for fish bait. Immunologic contact urticaria documented; [Kanerva, p. 220]

Reference Link

Humoral immune response to the insect allergen Chi t I in aquarists and fish-food factory workers

Exposure Assessment
Reference Link

Chironomid midge allergy

Adverse Effects
Asthma

Yes

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Diseases

Occupational diseases associated with exposure to this agent: