August 20, 20080 comments

Aspergillus species are highly aerobic and are found in almost all oxygen-rich environments, where they commonly grow as molds on the surface of a substrate, as a result of the high oxygen tension.

Some Aspergillus species cause serious disease in humans and animals, and can be pathogenic. The most common causing invasive disease are Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus flavus. Aspergillus flavus produces aflatoxin which is both a toxin and a carcinogen. The most common causing allergic disease are Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillus clavatus.

Aspergillosis is the group of diseases caused by Aspergillus. The most common cause is Aspergillus fumigatus. The symptoms include fever, cough, chest pain or breathlessness. Usually, only patients with already weakened immune systems or who suffer other lung conditions are susceptible.

In humans, the major forms of aspergillosis are:
  • Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or ABPA (affects patients with symptoms that produce significant respiratory morbidity such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and sinusitis).
  • Acute invasive aspergillosis (risk increases if patient has weakened immunity such as some AIDS patients and those undergoing chemotherapy).
  • Disseminated invasive aspergillosis (widespread throughout the body).
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