1985
DOI: 10.1007/bf00447026
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Distribution of histoplasma capsulatum in Amazonian wildlife

R. D. Naiff,
W. Y. Mok,
M. F. Naiff

Abstract: In a survey of 296 sylvatic animals captured from virgin forests in the north-eastern and south-western Amazon of Brazil, Histoplasma capsulatum was isolated, via the indirect hamster inoculation method, from the liver and spleen of four common opossums Didelphis marsupialis and two pacas Agouti paca. The infected animals did not show any clinical symptoms or histopathology. The known Amazonian mammalian species with natural histoplasmosis now total five, the previously reported species being the spiny rat Pro… Show more

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“…The fungus has also been isolated from various wild animals in this area, such as the common opossum (Didelphis marsupialis), paca (Agouti paca), spiny rat (Proechimys guyannensis), three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus), and the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). 20 This disease is widely seen in Latin American countries, and the isolates taken from patients in this area showed rRNA patterns similar to those from the Mississippi valley patients. 21 The third largest area is southeast Asia, and especially along the Mekong river in Thailand.…”
Section: Definitionmentioning
confidence: 78%
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“…The fungus has also been isolated from various wild animals in this area, such as the common opossum (Didelphis marsupialis), paca (Agouti paca), spiny rat (Proechimys guyannensis), three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus), and the nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus). 20 This disease is widely seen in Latin American countries, and the isolates taken from patients in this area showed rRNA patterns similar to those from the Mississippi valley patients. 21 The third largest area is southeast Asia, and especially along the Mekong river in Thailand.…”
Section: Definitionmentioning
confidence: 78%
“…This fungus has been isolated from the soil of endemic areas, dog food contaminated with the soil, bat droppings, and even from droppings of penguins in the Antarctic. 24,25 The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) is known to be a carrier of P. brasiliensis as well as of C. immitis and H. capsulatum, 20 and caution should be exercised when in contact with this animal. Paracoccidioidomycosis is also called South American blastomycosis, and its endemic areas are limited to Central and South America from Mexico to Argentina.…”
Section: Definitionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Todas as espé-cies animais que foram encontradas naturalmente infectadas estão descritas em revisões feitas sobre a histoplasmose animal no Brasil 16,17 . Após estas revisões, Naiff et alii 10 demonstraram quatro gambás Didelphis marsupialis e duas pacas Agouti paca infectados, capturados na região Amazô-nica. Como contribuição para a determinação da distribuição geográfica da histoplasmose em nosso meio, os autores realizaram um estudo em animais silvestres capturados em região periurbana do município do Rio de Janeiro.…”
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“…Agouti paca (AP) is a large rodent ( Fig. 1) common throughout Central and South America, where it is a major source of dietary protein (Ojasti, 1996) (Naiff et al, 1985;Matamoros et al, 1991;Silveira etal., 1991;Adesiyun et al, 1998;Oostburg etal., 2000), and has been implicated in the spread of some of these pathogens to humans. It seems likely, therefore, that the ingestion or even the preparation of AP for ingestion may carry the risk of human disease.…”
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