This is an occupational disease affecting the lungs of workers who handle mouldy bagasse (the fibrous residue of sugar cane after the juice has been reacted).
Bagassosis is one cause of allergic alveolitis, a reaction of the lungs to inhaled dust that contains fungal spores.
Acute attack usually develop four to five hours after inhalation of dust.
The symptoms may include;
• Shortness of breathe associated with wheezing f
• Headache, and cough; typically last no more than 24 hours.
Repeated exposure may lead to permanent lung damage, chronic sickness, and weight loss.
Protective measures in industries that deal in this kind of material is advised.