Health protection – guidance

Oak processionary moth (OPM): health effects of exposure

Systematic review of the evidence around the health effects associated with exposure to setae of OPM larvae and a summary of the findings.

Documents

Health effects of exposure to setae of oak processionary moth larvae: systemic review

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Health effects associated with exposure to oak processionary moth larvae: a systematic review, summary of findings

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Detail

Human contact with the hairs (setae) of some caterpillar species is associated with a range of symptoms of varying severity, from urticarial rash and dermatitis to anaphylaxis.

This review establishes the health effects associated with exposure to OPM, with particular reference to anaphylaxis.