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Description:This was the result of a positive (2+) latex agglutination (LA) test performed on a sample being tested for the presence of Candida antigen. Note the tendency of the agglutination test particles to congregate around the periphery of the agglutinated droplet. If one detects the Candida antigen in serum, one can conclude that there is a strong possibility for the presence of invasive disease, i.e., disseminated candidosis.
Candidiasis is a fungal infection caused by yeasts that belong to the genus Candida. There are over 20 species of Candida yeasts that can cause infection in humans, the most common of which is Candida albicans. Candida yeasts normally live on the skin and mucous membranes without causing infection; however, overgrowth of these organisms can cause symptoms to develop. Symptoms of candidiasis vary depending on the area of the body that is infected.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Sharon Blumer
Creation Date:1977
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Links:CDC - National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID); Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED); Candidiasis
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