This photograph depicted Center of Disease Control's laboratory technician, Shirley McClinton as she was harvesting organisms from a Petri plate from a group of culture plates, in order to create a Fusarium-isolate culture. These organisms had been received from an outbreak in patients with ocular keratitis. The mould was isolated using Potato Dextrose Agar, which had been incubated at 26�C for 5 - 7 days. This isolate was identified as a mould from the Fusarium oxysporum species complex.Keratitis is an inflammation of the cornea, the front part of the eye, and has many causes including bacteria, viruses and fungi.While Fusarium keratitis can be a serious infection, it is a rare disease. This infection cannot be transmitted from person to person. People who have trauma to the eye, certain eye diseases and problems with their immune system may be at increased risk for these types of infection.
CDC/ Mark Lindsley, Sc.D. D(ABMM), Lynette Benjamin, Shirley McClinton
December 2, 2012
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