Histoplasmosis among hospitalized febrile patients in northern Tanzania.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Histoplasmosis may be common in East Africa but the diagnosis is rarely confirmed. We report 9 (0.9%) cases of probable histoplasmosis retrospectively identified among 970 febrile inpatients studied in northern Tanzania. Median (range) age was 31 (6, 44) years, 6 (67%) were female, 6 (67%) HIV-infected; 7 (78%) were clinically diagnosed with tuberculosis or bacterial pneumonia. Histoplasmosis is an important cause of febrile illness in Tanzania but is rarely considered in the differential diagnosis. Increased clinician awareness and availability of reliable diagnostic tests may improve patient outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lofgren, SM; Kirsch, EJ; Maro, VP; Morrissey, AB; Msuya, LJ; Kinabo, GD; Saganda, W; Diefenthal, HC; Ramadhani, HO; Wheat, LJ; Crump, JA

Published Date

  • August 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 106 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 504 - 507

PubMed ID

  • 22742942

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3392419

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-3503

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.trstmh.2012.05.009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England