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"Rare" Infection Found To Be Common In City Kids

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May 8, 2001
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The fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is an important cause of central nervous system infections in adults with AIDS. Now, in a surprising finding published in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered that 70 percent of non-immunocompromised children over the age of 5 living in an urban environment have been infected with the fungus.

The fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is an important cause of central nervous system infections in adults with AIDS. Now, in a surprising finding published in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics, researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered that 70 percent of non-immunocompromised children over the age of 5 living in an urban environment have been infected with the fungus. Among children between the ages of 2 and 5, the infection rate is 50 percent. The vexing question now is: what exactly do these infection rates mean -- is this infection associated with specific diseases?


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