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Reports of occupational lung diseases caused by the inhalation of organic dusts continue to increase. These diseases include maple bark stripper's disease, farmer's lung, bagassosis, sequoiosis, malt worker's disease, detergent worker's lung, and wood dust disease, to name a few. The occurrence of a hypersensitivity pneumonitis in the cheese industry is important in this country, since we are the largest producer of cheese in the world, with more than 900 million pounds processed yearly.
In 1969 DeWeck, Gutersohn, and Bütikofer (1) described two patients with recurrent episodes of productive cough, dyspnea, malaise, and fever that seemed to be related to
"Cheesewasher's Disease": A New Occupational Hazard?. Ann Intern Med. ;78:606. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-4-606
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(4):606.
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