Journal Article

<i>Pneumocystis jiroveci</i> Genotypes and Primary Infection

Totet Anne, Nieves Respaldiza, Jean-Claude Pautard, Christian Raccurt and Gilles Nevez

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 36, issue 10, pages 1340-1342
Published in print May 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online May 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/374844
Pneumocystis jiroveci Genotypes and Primary Infection

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This study describes the molecular typing of Pneumocystis jiroveci organisms from 5 nonpremature immunocompetent infants who developed a primary infection. Four P. jiroveci internal transcribed spacer (ITS) types were identified. All have been previously described in reports concerning immunosuppressed adults with pneumocystosis. Present data suggest that identical types can be implicated either in first contact or in additional contacts between fungus and host and that both immunocompetent infants and immunocompromised patients may be part of a common human reservoir for the fungus.

Journal Article.  1390 words.  Illustrated.

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

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