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Aspergillus flavus is the second leading cause of allergic, invasive, and colonizing fungal diseases in humans, and also the second most frequent organism associated with avian infections. Currently, it is not known whether there is a link between the environmental isolates and/or human isolates of A. flavus and those responsible for aspergillosis in birds.(More)
Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a sight-threatening infection. We report five cases of AK diagnosed from 2005 to 2009 in the Laboratory of Parasitology-Mycology at Habib Bourguiba Sfax Hospital, Tunisia. All were associated with improper care of contact lenses (rinsing of contact lenses with tap water and inappropriate cleaning) and lens storage. The(More)
We investigated six microsatellite markers to type 85 unrelated and 118 related isolates of Candida glabrata from 36 patients. Three new markers were selected from the complete sequence of CBS138 and three previously described markers, RPM2, MTI and ERG3 were used. We found a genetic diversity of 0.949 by combining four of them. By applying the new(More)
Although the arsenal of agents with anti-Aspergillus activity has expanded over the last decade, mortality due to invasive aspergillosis remains unacceptably high. Resistance of the Aspergillus spp. species to antifungal drugs increased in the last 20 years with the increase in antifungal drugs use and might partially account for treatment failures. Recent(More)
Yarrowia lipolytica is weakly pathogenic yeast, which is rarely isolated from the blood. We report unusual cases of Y. lipolytica fungemia occurred between October 2012 and June 2014 in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the UH Habib Bourguiba Sfax. During this period, 55 cases of Y. lipolytica septicemia were diagnosed. There were 44 men and 11 women (sex(More)
Lipophilic yeast Malassezia species is widely found on the skin surface of humans and other animals. This fungus can cause pityriasis versicolor, Malassezia folliculitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Still now, there is a problem with species identification of Malassezia with conventional methods. We developed a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay(More)
Malassezia folliculitis is caused by the invasion of hair follicles by large numbers of Malassezia cells. Several Malassezia researches still use cultures, morphology and biochemical techniques. The aim of this study was to identify Malassezia species isolated from patients diagnosed with folliculitis, at the Parasitology and Mycology Laboratory of Sfax(More)
Geotrichum capitatum is an uncommon cause of invasive infections in immunocompromised patients, particularly those with hematological malignancies and severe neutropenia. The aim of this study was to report the cases of invasive geotrichosis in our hospital. It is a retrospective study of invasive geotrichosis diagnosed in the Laboratory of(More)
Free-living amoebae (FLA) are opportunistic and ubiquitous protozoa that are widely found in various environmental sources. They are known to cause serious human infections. The aim of our study was to detect FLA and Acanthamoeba spp. in hospital water circuits. Eighty-four water samples were collected over a period of 4 months (September–December 2011)(More)
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