Agent Name

Moth

Major Category

Biological Agents

Category

Insect-Derived Allergens

Comments

Occupational asthma reported in an entomologist; [Malo] Moths cause contact urticaria. [Kanerva, p. 220] "The findings from this study and others suggest that work with Lepidoptera species (moths and butterfiles) results in an increased risk of PHA [post-hire asthma]. Facilities that rear these species should have particular precautions to reduce workplace exposures through careful design of ventilation systems, through other engineering exposure controls such as confinement of adult insects, and through housekeeping and maintenance." [Reference #1]

Reference Link

Post-hire asthma among insect-rearing workers.

Adverse Effects
Asthma

Yes

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Diseases

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