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P. variotii can cause paecilomycosis. Linked to ood-trimmers disease and humidifier associated illnesses (17). Some members of this genus are reported to cause pneumoniua.
It may produce arsine gas if growing on arsenic substrate (3). this can occur on wallpapers govered with paris green (3).
Reported to be allergenic (7).
Commonly found in soil and dust, less frequently in air (17).