Isolation of blastomyces dermatitidis from pigeon manure

G. A. Sarosi, D. S. Serstock

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The authors recently diagnosed and treated a 45 year old white male horticulturist with acute progressive blastomycosis. Epidemiologic studies revealed that the patient used a load of pigeon manure as fertilizer approximately 6 weeks before becoming ill. He used the pigeon manure only once, resealed the remainder, and stored it in his hothouse. Samples of the pigeon guano were digested with 10 per cent KOH, and the characteristic yeast forms of Blastomyces dermatitidis were seen in large numbers. The fungus was cultured from another sample of the same material. This is the first time that the pathogenic fungus B. dermatitidis has been isolated from the environment in association with a human case.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1179-1183
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Review of Respiratory Disease
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1976


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