Agent Name

Esparto grass

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Halfah (alpha/alfa) grass; Needle grass; Macrochloa tenacissima; [Wikipedia]

Category

Plant-Derived Allergens

Sources/Uses

Grown in Africa and in Spain; Used in baskets, cords, and espadrilles; [Wikipedia]

Comments

Occupational asthma confirmed in stucco handler exposed to esparto grass and in a stucco worker exposed to mucor species (esparto grass contaminant); [Malo] See the disease "Esparto grass HP" caused by moldy esparto grass.

Reference Link

Occupational asthma due to esparto hypersensitivity in a building worker.

Adverse Effects
Asthma

Yes

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Diseases

Occupational diseases associated with exposure to this agent: