Journal Article

Fungal Infections among Returning Travelers

Charles D. Ericsson, Robert Steffen, Anil A. Panackal, Rana A. Hajjeh, Martin S. Cetron and David W. Warnock

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 35, issue 9, pages 1088-1095
Published in print November 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online November 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/344061
Fungal Infections among Returning Travelers

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Endemic mycoses, such as histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, and penicilliosis, have emerged as important health threats among travelers to regions of the world where these infections are endemic. Travelers have developed fungal infections as a result of a wide range of recreational and work activities, many of which have involved well-recognized risk factors for these diseases. In some instances, infections have been acquired during short trips, whereas, in other instances, infection has been acquired during a longer period of residence in an area where the infection is endemic. Travelers need to be made aware of the risks of acquiring mycotic diseases when visiting such regions. Health care providers need to consider these infections in their differential diagnosis among returning travelers with respiratory illness and should be familiar with the treatment and prevention of these diseases.

Journal Article.  4875 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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