The impact of the airborne opportunistic fungus pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus in patients hospitalized at the university hospital of Parma, Italy, and its outpatients was investigated during a period of six months. Sputum and bronchial washings were collected from 986 patients. The 2,437 specimens were culturally examined for the presence of A. fumigatus regardless of the patient's clinical diagnosis. This fungus was isolated from 32 patients (3.2%). Subsequently, immunological tests for aspergillosis were performed on 22 of these culture-positive patients. Eight of these patients (36.4%) were serologically proven to be affected by aspergillosis. The 32 A. fumigatus isolates were epidemiologically investigated by the killer system to determine the mode of spread of these infections. Among the patients, fifteen different biotypes were differentiated, and their value in studying the epidemiology of aspergillosis in the hospital environment was investigated.
|Titolo:||Studies on the epidemiology of Aspergillus fumigatus infections in a university hospital|
|Parole Chiave:||adolescent ; adult ; aged ; aspergillosis ; aspergillus fumigatus ; bronchoalveolar lavage fluid ; child ; cross infection ; cross-sectional studies ; female ; hospitals, University ; humans ; Italy ; lung diseases, fungal ; male ; middle aged ; sputum|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/07 - Microbiologia e Microbiologia Clinica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||mar-1989|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/BF00145038|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|