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Impact of hurricane activity on invasive mould infections (IMI)

In August 2017, hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston metropolitan area and adjacent counties. Much of the post-hurricane clean-up was carried out by members of the public, with little or no personal protective equipment. As the damage was mostly caused by flooding, the public were exposed to greater levels of mould, due to these damp conditions, […]

How to minimise risk of mucormycosis in hospital linens

Healthcare linens (HCLs) have often been thought to contain Mucorales spores, which present a health hazard for those with compromised immune systems. Mucorales are widely distributed in the environment, including in soil, vegetation and compost, and spores are easily aerosolised and dispersed, so healthcare providers need to remain vigilant to ensure that these pathogens are […]

Length of treatment regime in chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA)

One of the key questions when treating CPA is optimal length of drug regimens. New research is challenging established views of treatment length. CPA is an uncommon and problematic pulmonary disease, complicating many other respiratory disorders, thought to affect over three million people globally. The most common form of CPA is chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis […]

Histoplasmosis in Guatemala – the danger of under-estimating fungal infections

Histoplasmosis is recognised as a major complication in those with HIV, even when receiving anti-retroviral treatment, but exact rates for this infection have been unclear.  A new study carried out by Narda Medina and colleagues has shown that histoplasmosis is more prevalent than originally thought. Their screening programme in Guatemala demonstrated overall histoplasmosis incidence in […]

Indonesian study shows link between fungal infections and tuberculosis (TB), with global implications

Tuberculosis is a debilitating respiratory disease that the World Health Organization estimates kills 1.5 million people annually. Worldwide, TB is the 13th leading cause of death. Although TB is treatable, this new Indonesian case study highlights the dangers of not having a laboratory-confirmed diagnosis, as suspected TB could be masking chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). TB […]

New PCR test developed to identify Coccidioidomycosis agents

A joint study between New York State Department Mycology Laboratory and the Department of Medical Mycology at the University of California has developed a new PCR test with the ability to detect and differentiate between Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii. Coccidioidomycosis is often referred to as ‘valley fever’ and the fungus Coccidioides grows in soils in areas of low […]

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