Fungal Infections

First Things First

  • Candida species act as opportunistic organisms and represent the most common fungal infection in humans.
  • Candida disproportionately affects high-risk patients who are either immunocompromised or critically ill.
  • Depending on the patient’s immune system, the clinical syndrome to fungal infections can be variable (superficial to invasive).
  • Delays in diagnosis and lack of reliable diagnostics available make treating fungal infections difficult.
  • Aspergillus infects patients primarily with bone marrow transplantations.

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Last updated: April 20, 2010