Isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum and Blastomyces dermatitidis from Iraqi patients with lower respiratory tract infections

  • Manahil M. Yehia Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Mosul
  • Zainalabideen A. Abdulla Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Mosul
Keywords: Histoplasma capsulatum, Blastomyces dermatitidis, Respiratory Tract Infection

Abstract

One hundred and fifty immunocompetent and 150 presumably immunocompromised patients suffering from lower respiratory tract infections were enrolled in this study. The clinical specimens were collected from April 2007 to June 2008 and included sputum (247), bronchial wash (80), and blood (300) samples. The identification process employed direct examination, culture, conversion test, and serological study. Among 218 fungal isolates only six were categorized as true pathogenic fungi; two Histoplasma capsulatum, and four Blastomyces dermatitidis. The former isolates were detected in two immunocompromised patients, while the latter isolates were detected in two immunocompetent and two immunocompromised patients.

http://dx.doi.org/10.5915/43-2-5929

Author Biography

Manahil M. Yehia, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Mosul

PhD

Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, University of Mosul, Mosul, Iraq


Published
2011-08-10
Section
Original Articles