ECCMID 2019 presentations: burden of fungal disease estimates for Namibia, Paraguay and Kyrgyzstan
April 16 2019
This week a team from the University of Manchester, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and GAFFI presented work at ECCMID showing the burden of fungal disease estimates for Namibia, Paraguay and Kyrgyzstan, and that fungal keratitis leads to over 600,000 blind eyes annually
Neocucurbitaria keratinophila: an emerging opportunistic pathogen?
March 22 2019
In a recent study on coelomycetous fungi from clinical origin, Dr Garcia-Hermoso and colleagues  identified eight N. keratinophila isolates from superficial mycosis cases in Spain.
1 in 15 TB sufferers go on to develop chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, treatment could save 1000s
March 19 2019
A collaboration between scientists in Manchester and Uganda reveals that around 1 in 15 tuberculosis patients go on to develop chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA), via cavities left by the tuberculosis. Prompt diagnosis and antifungal treatment has the potential to save many thousands of lives.
Comparison of three MALDI-ToF libraries (MSI, Bruker, NIH) for identification of filamentous fungi
March 12 2019
MALDI-ToF mass spectrometry has proven useful in identifying bacteria in clinical samples, but the technology has lagged behind in its use for filamentous fungi. Dr Stein and colleagues in Canada compared three libraries (MSI, Bruker v1.0 and NIH) for their ability to identify clinical and reference strains.
Indwelling catheters and immune disorders are risk factors for systemic Malassezia infection
March 08 2019
Malassezia typically causes skin infections but can occasionally cause systemic disease, particularly in patients with indwelling devices such as central venous catheters. Dr Pedrosa and colleagues have published a literature review and three unrelated cases of systemic Malassezia at a hospital in Portugal.