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To the Editor.—
In February and March 1971, seven women working for the same flower grower came to my office complaining of an eruption of various exposed areas. All were of Japanese ancestry.Interrogation of the employer revealed that ten men and women coworkers of Mexican ancestry were not affected. The work was performed in sunny plastic-covered greenhouses where temperature and humidity were high. Benomyl had been sprayed onto the carnations twice. The first time no eruption occurred. Six weeks later, the carnations were again sprayed and, two weeks after the second spraying, the skin eruptions started.All of the patients were working on carnations, either debudding or cutting. All broke out on the dorsum of the hands and on the forearms. Some also broke out on the sides or "V" of the neck or on the eyelids. Some wore long sleeves and some wore short sleeves at work. Only
Savitt LE. Contact Dermatitis Due to Benomyl Insecticide. Arch Dermatol. 1972;105(6):926-927. doi:10.1001/archderm.1972.01620090090023