Aspergillosis

Types of aspergillosis

Infectious diseases caused by the fungus Aspergillus are called aspergillosis. The severity of aspergillosis is determined by various factors, but one of the most important is a weakened immune system. Infections can effect any area of the body, but by far the most common are the lungs and sinuses.

There are three distinct groups of people who have aspergillosis:

Additional information

Aspergillus is a common fungus found throughout the world, spread by microscopic spores which float in the air. We all breathe them in most of the time but most of us have efficient immune systems that kill the spores. Some people do not manage to kill all of the spores; sometimes because they are undergoing treatment that suppresses their immune systems (e.g. transplant patients, bone marrow transplant recipients), but sometimes because they are genetically susceptible (e.g.

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