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Blastomyces dermatitidis

Blastomyces dermatitidis is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins HIV Guide.

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  • Dimorphic fungus. One of the "endemic fungi."
  • In North America found along Mississippi, Missouri, St. Lawrence and Ohio rivers, and the regions that border Great Lakes in U.S. and Canada.
    • Occurs in Africa, and a few cases have been reported in Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, the Middle East and India. Most cases reported in North America.
  • Grows as a broad-based budding yeast at 37oC. At 25oC, produces mycelia and can produce conidia.
  • Grows in moist soil with acidic pH and high organic content (decaying vegetation, close to water, areas of high humidity).
  • Commercially available molecular probe offers rapid identification of culture.

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Last updated: May 2, 2015


Gupta, Amita, and Natasha Chida. "Blastomyces Dermatitidis." Johns Hopkins HIV Guide, 2015. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_HIV_Guide/545021/all/Blastomyces_dermatitidis.
Gupta A, Chida N. Blastomyces dermatitidis. Johns Hopkins HIV Guide. 2015. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_HIV_Guide/545021/all/Blastomyces_dermatitidis. Accessed July 18, 2019.
Gupta, A., & Chida, N. (2015). Blastomyces dermatitidis. In Johns Hopkins HIV Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_HIV_Guide/545021/all/Blastomyces_dermatitidis
Gupta A, Chida N. Blastomyces Dermatitidis [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins HIV Guide. ; 2015. [cited 2019 July 18]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_HIV_Guide/545021/all/Blastomyces_dermatitidis.
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