Mycologic investigation on Rhizomys pruinous senex in Guangxi as natural carrier with Penicillium marneffei.

Journal Article (Academic article)

To study the natural carrier of P. marneffei experiments were done in 16 Rhizomys pruinous senex, a species of bamboo rats trapped in various districts of Guangxi. The results of mycological cultivation demonstrated that the natural positive carrier rate of bamboo rats was 93.1%. Among the internal organs taken for culture, the lung had the highest positive rate, 87.5%; next in decreasing order was the liver (56.3%), spleen (56.3%) and mesentery lymph node (50%). Thus, it is reasonable to consider that bamboo rats are a reservoir host of P. marneffei. In this paper, the colony shape and microstructure of P. marneffei, isolated from bamboo rats, are described. A preliminary discussion is given on the epidemiological relations between bamboo rats and human Penicilliosis marneffei.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Li, JC; Pan, LQ; Wu, SX

Published Date

  • June 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 102 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 477 - 485

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0366-6999

Conference Location

  • china