|Description:||Under a magnification of 475X, this lactophenol cotton blue-stained specimen revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology exhibited by a Fusarium sp. fungal organism. Of importance here, are the septate filamentous hyphae, and the floral arrangement of the fusiform-shaped macroconidia. See PHIL 17972, for a higher magnification of this image.|
Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea (the clear, front part of the eye) and is often caused by an infection. Bacteria, viruses, amoeba, and fungi can all cause keratitis. Fungal keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea that is caused by a fungus. Types of fungi that have been known to cause fungal keratitis include Fusarium spp., Aspergillus spp., and Candida spp.
Fusarium and Aspergillus species live in the environment, often in association with plant matter. Candida species are some of the microorganisms that normally live on human skin and mucous membranes. Although fungal keratitis can be a serious condition, it is very rare.