Histoplasmosis among hospitalized febrile patients in northern Tanzania.

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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

  • 22742942

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-3503

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.trstmh.2012.05.009

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • England