Joel Savage en Lifestyle, Communications and journalism, Healthcare Freelance Journalist, writer and author • A MIXTURE OF PERIODICALS 3/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +400



A patient from Pakistan with aspergillus keratitis 

Aspergillosis, occurrence and spread

Aspergillosis are pulmonary fungal infections or sometimes intestinal fungal infections. The Aspergillus funguses are the Aspergillosis agents. The most frequent is Aspergillus fumigatus. This fungus produces the mycotoxin Aflatoxin-B. 

Aflatoxin can lead to temporary states of immunodeficiency. These, in turn, may lead to the occurrence of diseases. Already since 1950, the USA military forces have investigated to spread Aspergillus fumigatus. From 1970 to 1976, the incidence of aspergillosis in the USA increased by 158%.

A temporary distribution of this increase was not given in the article quoted. Generally, aspergillosis is said also in Germany to have increased since 1972. The well-known Aids expert, W. Stille had prophesized this for the university hospital in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

There the public prosecutor began investigating in 1992, the death of 12 patients out of 29 patients by this fungus. None of them was HIV HIV-infected. Frankfurt is a place with an extraordinarily high number of HIV-infected persons.

In connection with the mass Aids diseases, there are no reports on aspergillosis from the data banks we have enquired from. Not catching this already existing opportunistic agent must be due to an especially powerful defense of the body in particular against this fungus.

This reaction was not foreseen by Centers for Diseases Control scientists. In the Aids definition, published in 1982, aspergillosis was listed as a characteristic Aids disease and then again in 1983, 1984, 1985. Knowledge of the diseases among immunodeficiency patients led one to anticipate this.

Yet, there is no mention of this in the 1987 definition. In the Centers for Diseases Control statistics, relating to the initial diseases, aspergillosis is not mentioned  even once. 

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