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An outbreak of Dipodascus capitatus infection in the ICU: three case reports and review of the literature.
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PMID:  15623948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A mini epidemic of Dipodascus capitatus (teleomorph of Geotrichum capitatum) involving three cases is reported. The index case was pulmonary infection and a fulminant course of fungal infection, which resulted in the patient's death with acute myelocytic leukemia. In the other cases, the patients were simultaneously hospitalized, the first in the intensive care unit. In all cases, D. capitatus was identified in different samples (sputum, deep tracheal aspiration, blood, and urine) from each of the patients. Growing evidence indicates that D. capitatus should be added to the lengthening list of opportunistic fungal pathogens that can cause infection in people of all ages and particularly in those who are immunocompromised. Further, the danger of cross-contamination and potential "outbreak" should be kept in mind during hospital management.
Gulden Ersoz; Feza Otag; Zayre Erturan; Gonul Aslan; Ali Kaya; Gürol Emekdas; Takashi Sugita
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Japanese journal of infectious diseases     Volume:  57     ISSN:  1344-6304     ISO Abbreviation:  Jpn. J. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2004 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-29     Completed Date:  2005-03-16     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100893704     Medline TA:  Jpn J Infect Dis     Country:  Japan    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  248-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Mersin University School of Medicine, Mersin, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Cross Infection / microbiology*
DNA, Fungal / isolation & purification
DNA, Ribosomal / isolation & purification
Disease Outbreaks*
Intensive Care Units*
Middle Aged
Mycoses / epidemiology*,  microbiology
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / microbiology
Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Technique
Saccharomycetales / isolation & purification*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/DNA, Fungal; 0/DNA, Ribosomal

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