Halde, Carlyn Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, California.
Woods, Jon P. Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, Wisconsin.
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The study of fungi (molds and yeasts) that cause human disease. When pathogenic fungi (Fig. 1), including molds and yeasts, invade the body, pathological conditions often result. Some pathogenic molds and yeasts normally reside within soil or derive their nutrition from other organic matter until introduced into the body by inhalation or trauma; others are part of the normal body flora or are transmitted from an infected person. Because the immune status of the host plays an important role in susceptibility to infection due to fungi, highly immunodeficient persons are likely to develop an opportunistic fungal infection. See also: Fungal infections; Fungi; Mycology; Opportunistic infections; Yeast
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