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Microsporidia common in China – in humans, farm animals and water

December 07 2018

Microsporidiosis comprises many different clinical syndromes including both chronic and acute diarrhea, malabsorption, respiratory infection, acalculous cholecystitis and keratitis. In a recent review of ~100 papers from China, Sha-Sha Wang and colleagues from Yangling, Shaanxi Province and Zhengzhou, Henan province, show than E. bieneusi is common in China, in most localities studied. Detection rates in children with diarrhoea ranged from 1% in Wuhan to 23% in Changchen. In HIV positive patients, detection rates varied from 4% to 12%.
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Occcupational and recreational risks for histoplasmosis – prevention measures

December 06 2018

Risks of acquiring histoplasmosis can be minimised. In endemic areas, high-risk settings for contracting histoplasmosis include empty buildings (because they often end up as nesting sites for birds), chicken coops, farms, stream banks, golf courses, amusement parks, and tennis complexes. Birds or bird droppings and bats or their droppings are usually reported in histoplasmosis outbreaks.
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Institut Pasteur Course - Medical Mycology

November 26 2018

This four-week course is intended for microbiologists willing to catch up with the most recent advances in diagnosis and identification procedures and principles of therapy for fungal infections.
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Increasing resistance in Trichophyton interdigitale to terbinafine

November 20 2018

Researchers have found multiple strains of Trichophyton interdigitale that are terbinafine resistant. Researchers analysed 64 strains from patients and 61% had elevated minimum inhibitory concentrations to terbinafine.
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Burden of serious fungal diseases in Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopia and Taiwan presented at GCCMID

November 14 2018

Two studies reported at the Gulf Conference on Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease in Dubai show for the first time the extent of serious fungal infections in South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia and Taiwan.
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