Histoplasmosis - THS Director's latest column

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Tuesday, 28 May, 2013

THS Director, Rick Speare's latest Travel Bug column in Medical Observer discusses a cluster of cases of acute pulmonary histoplasmosis acquired in Chagga Caves, near Moshi, Tanzania. This disease is caused by inhaling spores of the environmental fungus, Histoplasma capsulatum. It typically presents as acute pulmonary disease with nodular changes on X-ray in a patient who has been in a cave 15 days previously. Read the Medical Observer colum here.

Figure: One of the three travelers who acquired histoplasmosis in Chagga Caves, Tanzania, emerging from the entrance of the caves after inhaling spores of Histoplasma capculatum.

Posted by Rick Speare