Emergomyces africanus in soil, South Africa

Schwartz, Ilan S. ; Lerm, Barbra ; Hoving, J. Claire ; Kenyon, Chris ; Horsnell, William G. ; Basson, W. Joan ; Otieno-Odhiambo, Patricia ; Govender, Nelesh P. ; Colebunders, Robert ; Botha, Alfred (2018-02)

CITATION: Schwartz, I. S., et al. 2018. Emergomyces africanus in soil, South Africa. Emerging Infectious Disease, 24(2):377-380, doi:10.3201/eid2402.171351.

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We detected Emergomyces africanus, a thermally dimorphic fungus that causes an HIV-associated systemic mycosis, by PCR in 18 (30%) of 60 soil samples from a wide range of habitats in South Africa. Direct and indirect culture techniques were unsuccessful. Experimental intraperitoneal inoculation of conidia induced murine disease.

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