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Curvularia

Effect On Human Health:

· · · · · Lung Infections Heart Infections Nose Infections Skin Infections Eye Infections

Symptoms Include:

· · · · · · · Sneezing Coughing General Weakness DEATH Draining Lesions of the Skin Swelling around the Eyes Partial Loss of Vision

Method of Transmission:

· Airborne · Contact

Clinical Information

· If Curvularia gets into the bloodstream it can lead to endocarditis · Curvularia particularly likes to infect the nasal septum. · Zygomycosis may spread into tissues surrounding the eye causing severe skull infections and swelling. Thrombosis and necrosis of blood vessels leads to death in 2-10 days after onset. · Keratomycosis of the cornea may lead to blindness. · Particularly susceptible to zygomycosis are the undernourished, people with acidosis, diabetes, and people on: corticosteroids, antibiotics or antileukemic drugs. · Mycetomas, or fungal balls, result if this mold gets inside the body. If it gets into the blood stream, a condition of the heart, called Endocarditis, can occur. · Like other molds, this one can cause lung and nose infections. These result in sneezing, coughing, and general weakness. · Curvularia is found in areas with poor ventilation, much like attics and crawlspaces.

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