Medical research scientists can obtain a new fungal strain Phialemoniopsis hongkongensis HKU39 from PHE’s National Collection of Pathogenic Fungi (NCPF). Researchers at the University of Hong Kong recently deposited the strain with NCPF. Members of the Phialemoniopsis genus are ubiquitous dematiaceous moulds associated with a wide variety of superficial and systemic infections in humans. A paper in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology describes clinical details of the patient the strain was isolated from and the morphological and molecular characteristics of this novel strain.
The identification of this new strain allows researchers to determine its susceptibility to anti-fungal agents and help inform clinicians how to treat patients that are found to be infected with this strain.
Tsang CC, Chan JF, Ip PP, Ngan AH, Chen JH, Lau SK, Woo PC. Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycotic nodule due to Phialemoniopsis hongkongensis sp. nov. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Sep 52(9):3280-9. PMID: 24966363 (link opens in a new window)
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