Histoplasmosis

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General Principles

  • Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum is a dimorphic fungus (yeast in tissues; mold in the environment) that grows in soil contaminated by bat or bird droppings.1
  • Histoplasmosis is the most common endemic mycosis diagnosed in the United States. The highest areas of endemicity are along the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. Histoplasmosis is also common throughout Latin America.

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