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Histoplasmosis in Kenya: isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from cave soil



Histoplasmosis in Kenya: isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from cave soil



Kenya Veterinarian 2(2): 39-41



Histoplasmosis is usually a pulmonary disease although cutaneous or disseminated forms might occasionally occur in some patients. The causative agent is a dimorphic fungus, Histoplasma capsulatum. Its yeast form grows intracellularly in the reticuloendothelial system whereas the mycelial form is a soil saprophyte. Men and animals contract infection after inhaling the dust that is contaminated with highly infective spores and mycelial fragments.

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