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Description:Magnified at 100x, this 1971 photomicrograph depicted a mass known as a “sclerotium” that had been sloughed from the surface of a colony of the fungus Penicillium sclerotiorum. Sometimes referred to as “sclerotic bodies”, these structures act as mechanisms of regeneration, and are composed of a hard, environmentally-resistant mass of heterogeneous fungal tissues that are able, under favorable conditions, to germinate a new fungal colony.
One specie of Penicillium, Penicillium marneffei, is known to cause an illness known as ”penicilliosis”, which usually affects immunocompromised individuals such as those with AIDS, or undergoing chemotherapy. Symptoms of he fungal infection penicilliosis includes fever and weight loss, which are the most common symptoms, often accompanied by skin lesions, anemia, swollen lymph nodes, i.e., lymphadenopathy, and an enlarged liver, i.e., hepatomegaly.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Lucille Georg
Creation Date:1971
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CDC Organization
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