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Case Report


Allergy to sea fishing baits


R. Félix-Toledo1, J.A. Pagán1, J. Hernández1, G. Cardona2, I. Postigo2 and J. Martínez2

1 Sección de Alergia, Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia, Spain
2 Departamento de Inmunología, Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria, SPAIN, and Sweden Diagnostics (Spain) S.L., Barcelona, Spain

J Invest Allergol Clin Immunol 2005; Vol. 15(3): 216-218



. We report a new case of rhinitis and asthma caused by sea fishing baits. The results showed exposure to Sipunculus nudus (Phylum Sipuncula; order Sipunculida: Sipunculidae) to be the main cause of the allergic symptoms. The intervention of IgE was demonstrated, with the presence of cross-reactions with allergenic extracts
from other worm species used as baits, belonging to different orders of Annelida.

Key words. Fishing baits, allergy, Glycera dibranchiata, bloodworm, Nereis diversicolor, Perinereis cultrifera, sandworms, Lumbricus terrestris, Sipunculus nudus, peanut worm.