Nicholls, P. J. (1970).Brit. J. industr. Med.,27, 179-180. Histamine in cereal dusts. It has been found that workers exposed to cereal grain dusts may experience acute mild respiratory distress. An attempt has been made to explain this observation by examining the pharmacological activity of aqueous extracts of several cereal dusts from the holds of cargo ships. Histamine, but no other active agent, was found in the samples. It is unlikely that the concentration of histamine in these dusts is sufficient to cause respiratory distress in dockers unloading cereal grain cargoes.
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