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Respiratory disease outbreak

In March 2004, HSE was informed by Birmingham Heartlands Chest Clinic of a number of cases of extrinsic allergic alveolitis in Powertrain employees prompting further investigation. Powertrain Limited, produced engine components, which are machined by various tools that use water-mix metalworking fluids which create mist in the factory. By March 2006 the cases of probable and definite work-related respiratory disease had reached 1021 mainly of occupational asthma (OA) and extrinsic allergic alveolitis (EAA).

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