MY1811-3

Grout Shower swab: Aspergillus fumigatus – Shipped November 26, 2018-

HISTORY

This challenge was sent as a simulated swab obtained from a shower grout. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Aspregillus fumigatus / Aspergillus species.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from MY1811-3

  • Finding Aspergillus species in an environmental sample from a clinical area would of itself not be particularly significant as the fungus is quite ubiquitous.
  • It should be possible to differentiate A. funigatus from other Aspergillus species (see below). This may have important connotations for infection control and potential treatment of such individuals.

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