Allergy to Drosophila

Charly Hiley charly at
Thu Feb 7 10:15:28 EST 2002

Hi, I have a query about allergy to Drosophila.  My institute is 
insisting that I wear a face mask when doing fly work because I am an 
asthmatic, and MAY develop an allergy to flies.  No-one else has to 
wear one.

Has anyone else heard of this - wearing fly masks for fly pushing? 
Does anyone know about the evidence for fly allergies, in particular 
whether asthmatics are more susceptible?

Many thanks, Charly
Charlotte Hiley
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
Courtauld Building
91 Riding House Street

Email: c.hiley at
Phone: 0207-878-4045


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