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Definition of Organic toxic dust syndrome (OTDS)

Organic toxic dust syndrome (OTDS): a flu-like illness that arises after heavy exposure to organic dust. Symptoms can include fever, chills, dry cough, fatigue, muscle aches, shortness of breath, headaches, and nausea. It has been most commonly described in agricultural workers who inhale dust contaminated with microorganisms. OTDS is not contagious.


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Von Essen S, Robbins RA, Thompson AB, Rennard SI. Organic dust toxic syndrome: an acute febrile reaction to organic dust exposure distinct from hypersensitivity pneumonitis. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol. 1990;28(4):389-420.

Steven A. Seifert M.D.,, Susanna Von Essen M.D.,, Kathy Jacobitz R.N.,, Randall Crouch R.N., & Chris P. Lintner R.Ph. Organic Dust Toxic Syndrome: A Review. Journal of Toxicology: Clinical Toxicology. Vol. 41, 2003. Pages 185-193

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