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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 107, No. 6, 2012, pp. 813-815
Bioline Code: oc12126
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 107, No. 6, 2012, pp. 813-815

 en Coccidioidomycosis in armadillo hunters from the state of Ceará, Brazil
Brillhante, Raimunda Sâmia Nogueira; Filho, Renato Evando Moreira; Rocha, Marcos Fábio Gadelha; Castelo-Branco, Débora de Souza Collares Maia; Fechine, Maria Auxiliadora Bezerra; de Lima, Rita Amanda Chaves; Picanço, Yuri Vieira Cunha; Cordeiro, Rossana de Aguiar; de Camargo, Zoilo Pires; Queiroz, José Ajax Nogueira; de Araujo, Roberto Wagner Bezerra; de Mesquita, Jacó Ricarte Lima & Sidrim, José Júlio Costa


Coccidioidomycosis is a systemic mycosis with a variable clinical presentation. Misdiagnosis of coccidioidomycosis as bacterial pneumopathy leads to inappropriate prescription of antibiotics and delayed diagnosis. This report describes an outbreak among armadillo hunters in northeastern Brazil in which an initial diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia was later confirmed as coccidioidomycosis caused by Coccidioides posadasii check for this species in other resources . Thus, this mycosis should be considered as an alternative diagnosis in patients reporting symptoms of pneumonia, even if these symptoms are only presented for a short period, who are from areas considered endemic for this disease.

pneumonia - coccidioidomycosis - micro-epidemic - diagnosis

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