Fungal Infections


Disease name

Fungus implicated


Farmer's lung

Penicillium brevicompactum/ olivicolor*

Turning or storing damp hay, opening bales for feeding livestock threshing mouldy grain

Mushroom worker's lung

Agaricus bisporus, Pleurotus osteatus, Lentinus edodes

Exposure in spawning sheds

Malt worker's lung

Aspergillus clavatus

Handling grain


Penicillium glabrum (previously known as frequentans)

Storage of hot damp cork

Maple bark stripper's lung

Cryptospora corticale

Stripping bark from logs


Aureobasidium pullulans

Damp saw mill dust

Wood pulp worker's lung

Alternaria species              

Pulping contaminated wood

Wine grower's lung

Botrytis cinerea

Mould contamination

Cheese worker's lung

Penicillium casei/roqueforte

Cleaning mould off cheese

Tobacco worker's lung

Aspergillus fumigatus

Handling contaminated tobacco

Summer-type HP

Trichosporon cutaneum

Exposure to damp wood and mats

Peak moss worker's lung

Penicillium citreonigrum

Peat moss processing workers

Paprika slicer's lung

Mucor stolonifer

Paprika slicers

Humidifier lung




Penicillium verrucosum, camemberti

Food processors

Review article by Tarlo SM and Lemiere C (2014)

Review article by Quirce et al. (2016)

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