Korean J Med Mycol.  2002 Sep;7(3):135-138.

Imported Mycoses in Japan

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  • 1Research Center for Pathogenic Fungi and Microbial Toxicoses, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan.

Abstract

The authors surveyed the present situation for imported (introduced) mycoses from papers published in Japan by the end of December, 2001. The results revealed 31 cases of coccidioidomycosis, 33 of histoplasmosis, 17 of paracoccidioidomycosis and one of penicilliosis marneffei. In coccidioidomycosis the ages ranged from 12 to 55, for 27 males and 4 females of which 2 were fatal. For histoplasmosis, the ages ranged from 17 to 74 of which 24 cases were male and 8 female. All of the patients with paracoccidioidomycosis were infected in Latin American countries. They consisted of 15 males and 2 females, and the ages ranged from 24 to 68. A single case of penicilliosis marneffei (38 years old, male) was reported very recently. The case was complicated by AIDS and became critical. Blastomycosis has not yet been reported. This survey indicates that the number of the imported mycoses in Japan is increasing. It is necessary for the persons concerned to counter measures to cope with this situation.

Keyword

Imported mycosis; Coccidioidomycosis; Histoplasmosis; Paracoccidioidomycosis; Penicilliosis marneffei
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