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Description:Magnified 1000X, this photomicrograph revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by numbers of multiseptate, unbranched conidiophores of the fungal organism, Acremonium falciforme, each topped by a cluster of curved conidia.
A. falciforme fungus is a known causative agent for the disease in humans known as eumycotic white grain mycetoma, a chronic granulomatous inflammatory condition mainly affecting the cutaneous and subcutaneous tissues, but has been found to also infect the eye (keratitis), nails (onychomycosis), and if systemically disseminated, can infect the heart (endocarditis), brain (meningitis), bones (osteomyelitis), and abdominal cavity (peritonitis). Immunocompromised individuals, such as those with AIDS, or undergoing chemo- or organ transplant therapy, are most susceptible due to the opportunistic nature of this organism.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Dr. Arvind A, Padhye
Creation Date:1974
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CDC Organization
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