Chapter

Insidious Killers

Nicholas P. Money

in Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195154573
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790272 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154573.003.0002
 Insidious Killers

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This chapter discusses the fungal diseases (or mycoses) of humans. Topics covered include benign infections of the skin, hair, and nails caused by fungi called dermatophytes; Madurella mycetomatis, the fungus that causes mycetoma of the foot; a yeast called Cryptococcus neoformans that causes meningitis in about 10% of AIDS patients; melanized fungi; and one group of zygomycete fungi, the Mucorales, which cause a family of infections, termed the mucormycoses.

Keywords: fungal diseases; fungi; infections; dermatophytes; yeast; melanized fungi; Mucorales

Chapter.  7995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Microbiology

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