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Microbe Hunters: The Mysterious Machine-Workers' Disease

A mysterious illness known as "machine workers' disease," or hypersensitivity pneumonitis, that has been occurring among machinists is one step closer to being better understood as scientists have identified 33 proteins in M. immunogenum that seem to be involved in triggering the immune response likely responsible for hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Machine workers' disease "is an inflammation of the lung resulting from the body's immune reaction to bacteria, mold, and other airborne particles. At HP outbreak sites, M. immunogenum is known to colonize metalworking fluids, used to cool the cutting tools that grind metals. Workers inhale the infected particles as they spray into the air from drills and other cutting tools. HP's symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath and chills."

 
 

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