Fungi that infect humans

Julia R. Köhler, Bernhard Hube, Rosana Puccia, Arturo Casadevall, John R. Perfect

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In its short history of a century and a half, of which the last half-century brought the most dramatic advances, scientific medicine has found ways to cure or to treat millions of ill people who 200 years ago would have died early. Paradoxically, these successes of modern medicine have given rise to large groups of people at risk for fungal infections. Life-saving treatments may now breach normal immune functions, or susceptible patients such as premature newborns now survive long enough to become infected by a fungus. Invasive fungal infections have been very rare over most of our species' history (1), and the fungi that infect healthy humans are a small, if fascinating, group. Many more invasive fungal infections now occur in patients with an underlying serious illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Fungal Kingdom
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781683670827
ISBN (Print)9781555819576
StatePublished - Sep 5 2017


  • Ascomycota
  • Basidiomycota
  • Entomophthoromycota
  • Fungi
  • Healthy human
  • Mucorales
  • Opportunistic human fungal pathogen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)


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