Emergomyces Africanus in soil, South Africa

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

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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