Emergomyces africanus in soil, South Africa

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  • Ilan S Schwartz
  • Barbra Lerm
  • J Claire Hoving
  • Chris Kenyon
  • W Joan Basson
  • Patricia Otieno-Odhiambo
  • Nelesh P Govender
  • Robert Colebunders
  • Alfred Botha

Colleges, School and Institutes


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.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-380
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018