Origin: Found on living plants, soil, decaying plant matter, textiles, indoor and outdoor air and other substrates. Some are saprophytic and other species are known to cause human and/or plant diseases. Common food rot fungus.
Health affects: Often the cause of sinusitis, hay fever and asthma. Can also cause keratomycosis, skin infections, osteomyelitis, pulmonary disease and nasal septum infections. Clinical impressions indicate the spores of Alternaria are the most potent aeroallergens.
Last Updated: 02 September 2009
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