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Fungal Infections - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Are you familiar with fungi, or does your knowledge of fungi only extend to mushrooms? This chapter will help you to learn more about fungi that cause infections. You will get to look at a variety of fungi, such as Cryptococcus gattii and Aspergillus. Lessons will cover infections that range from those you may not be familiar with, such as aspergillosis infections, to those you may know by name, such as yeast infections. Over the course of this chapter, you will be able to become very familiar with fungal infections, allowing you to identify symptoms and understand how a simple fungus can lead to illness. Some of the things you can expect to learn in this chapter include:
- Symptoms of an infection caused by Cryptococcus neoformans
- The definition of histoplasmosis
- Infections caused by Aspergillus
- The fungus that causes Pneumocystis pneumonia
- The effects of Candida albicans
- What causes ringworm
|Cryptococcus neoformans and gattii: Infections & Symptoms||Learn about Cryptococcus infections which are caused by the fungi, Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii.|
|What Is Histoplasmosis? - Infections Caused by Histoplasma capsulatum||Discover what histoplasmosis infections are and how they are caused by the fungus Histoplasma capsulatum.|
|What Is Aspergillosis? - Fungal Infections & Symptoms||Study aspergillosis infections, which are caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus.|
|Pneumocystis Pneumonia: Infections Caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci||Find out more about Pneumocystis pneumonia caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci.|
|Candidiasis: Yeast Infections Caused by Candida albicans||Discover Candida infections caused by the yeast Candida albicans.|
|What is Ringworm? - Infections Caused by Trichophyton & Microsporum Fungi||Examine ringworm infections, which are most commonly caused by the fungi genera Trichophyton and Microsporum.|
1. Cryptococcus neoformans and gattii: Infections & Symptoms
A fungus that commonly grows on pigeon droppings can cause meningitis. In this lesson, we will look at the yeast Cryptococcus, and its ability to cause disease in humans unfortunate enough to breathe it in.
2. What is Histoplasmosis? - Infections Caused by Histoplasma capsulatum
Raising backyard chickens can be a fun and rewarding experience, but you might end up raising more than just chicks. In this lesson, we will explore the world of Histoplasma capsulatum, a pathogenic fungus that can grow on chicken feces.
3. What is Aspergillosis? - Fungal Infections & Symptoms
Human fungal diseases are rare and usually don't cause symptoms in healthy people. In this lesson, we'll discuss Aspergillus, a disease-causing mold, and the different infections and symptoms it can cause in susceptible hosts.
4. Pneumocystis Pneumonia: Infections Caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci
AIDS patients have a lot to worry about. In this lesson we examine Pneumocystis jiroveci, the fungal pathogen that can cause life-threatening pneumonia in AIDS patients due to their compromised immune function.
5. Candidiasis: Yeast Infections Caused by Candida albicans
Your body is teeming with microorganisms that normally live in perfect balance without you ever knowing they are there. Candida albicans is one fungal member of this group, but upset the balance and Candida can cause some very unpleasant diseases.
6. What is Ringworm? - Infections Caused by Trichophyton & Microsporum Fungi
Ringworm is a common pathogen that infects the skin, hair, and nails of people and animals. This disease is not caused by a worm, however. In this lesson we will examine the fungus that causes ringworm and its impact on human health.
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Other chapters within the Biology 103: Microbiology course
- Microbiology Basics
- Biology of Bacteria
- The Disease Process
- Introduction to Viruses
- DNA Viruses
- RNA Viruses
- Diseases Caused By Protozoa
- Foodborne Diseases and Bacterial Infections of the Gastrointestinal Tract
- Sexually Transmitted Bacterial Diseases
- Blood-borne Bacterial Diseases
- Bacterial Diseases of the Respiratory Tract
- Bacterial Wound and Skin Infections
- Principles of Immunology
- Antimicrobial Drugs
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