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Climatology of dematiaceous fungal keratitis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16376676     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: To explore how seasonal climate patterns may influence the epidemiology of human keratomycosis. DESIGN: Retrospective ecological study. METHODS: The seasonality of 52 episodes of dematiaceous fungal keratitis occurring along the Gulf of Mexico from 1972 to 2004 was examined. The temperature and relative humidity on the date of onset of 36 eyes with Curvularia keratitis was then compared with regional atmospheric conditions. RESULTS: A relative increase in the diagnosis of dematiaceous fungal keratitis occurred during late summer and persisted throughout autumn. The onset of Curvularia keratitis clustered in warm, humid months. CONCLUSIONS: Ocular phaeohyphomycosis, including curvulariosis, varies with seasonal weather in the subtropics.
Authors:
Kirk R Wilhelmus
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of ophthalmology     Volume:  140     ISSN:  0002-9394     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Ophthalmol.     Publication Date:  2005 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-26     Completed Date:  2006-01-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370500     Medline TA:  Am J Ophthalmol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1156-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Sid W. Richardson Ocular Microbiology Laboratory, Cullen Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology, Baylor College of Medicine, 6565 Fannin Street, Suite NC200, Houston, TX 77030, USA. kirkw@bcm.tmc.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Ascomycota / isolation & purification,  physiology*
Climate*
Corneal Ulcer / microbiology*
Eye Infections, Fungal / microbiology*
Humans
Humidity
Mycoses / microbiology*
Retrospective Studies
Seasons*
Temperature
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
EY 013782/EY/NEI NIH HHS; EY 02520/EY/NEI NIH HHS

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