Emergomyces africanus in Soil, South Africa

Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 Feb;24(2):377-380. doi: 10.3201/eid2402.171351.


We detected Emergomyces africanus, a thermally dimorphic fungus that causes an HIV-associated systemic mycosis, by PCR in 18 (30%) of 60 soil samples from a wide range of habitats in South Africa. Direct and indirect culture techniques were unsuccessful. Experimental intraperitoneal inoculation of conidia induced murine disease.

Keywords: Emergomyces africanus; South Africa; emmonsia; environmental microbiology; fungal infections; fungi; mice; mycoses; soil.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ascomycota / isolation & purification*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred BALB C
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mycoses / microbiology*
  • Soil Microbiology*
  • South Africa