Friday, January 25, 2008


Types of FungalPossibility (Y/N) Reasons
Histoplasma capsulatumYes

-Soil-borne, dimorphic fungus; grows preferentially in soil enriched with bird droppings [1]
-Found throughout the world but is most prevalent in countries favoring a warm, moist, and humid climate [2]
-Transmitted by inhalation of airborne asexual spores [1]

Sporothrix schenckiiYes

-Habitat is soil or vegetation
-Transmission through small cuts and abrasions in the skin [1]

Trichophyton rubrumYes

-Habitat is human skin
-Transmission of T. rubrum :
- Skin-to-skin contact
- Contact with contaminated items
- Person to person [1]

Cryptococcus neoformansYes

-Habitat is soil, especially where enriched by pigeon droppings
-Transmitted by inhalation of airborne yeasts cells [1]

Aspergillus fumigatusYes

-Habitat is soil
-Transmitted by inhalation of airborne spores [1]

Coccidioides immitisNo

-Habitat is soil of arid regions like southwestern United states and Latin America [1]

Blastomyces dermatitidisNo-Habitat is rich soil, especially in the upper midwestern region of United States [1]
Paracoccidioides brasiliensisNo-Thermally-dimorphic fungus distributed in Brazil and South America [2]


1)Levinson, W. (2006). Review Of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. (9th ed.). US: The McGraw-Hill Company


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