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
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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