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Corresponding author. Mailing address: Division of Infectious Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center, 603 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030. Phone: (404) 712-1434. Fax: (404) 377-6962. E-mail: sedupug@emory.edu.

Special thanks are due to Stacy Sink for excellent technical assistance and Nathane Orwig for generating the DNA sequences in NCAUR's DNA core facility.

At Emory University School of Medicine, special thanks go to Eileen Burd and Ruan Ramjit for assistance with photographs and George Marshall Lyon for helpful advice.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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There are no conflicts of interest or financial support for any authors.


Fusarium falciforme Vertebral Abscess and Osteomyelitis: Case Report and Molecular Classification▿


Journal Title:

Journal of Clinical Microbiology


Volume 49, Number 6


, Pages 2350-2353

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Fusarium is a ubiquitous mold that can cause superficial infections such as keratitis and onychomycosis in immunocompetent humans; however, infections in immunocompromised hosts can be fatal. We report an unusual case of epidural abscess and vertebral osteomyelitis in a patient with an autoimmune disorder who was on long-term glucocorticoids. Multilocus DNA sequence-based typing revealed that the infection was caused by a novel three-locus haplotype of Fusarium falciforme designated FSSC 3+4qqq.

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© 2011, American Society for Microbiology

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