What disease does Aspergillus niger cause?
Aspergillus niger causes several diseases including black mold (or black rot) of onions and garlic, crown rot of peanuts, and vine canker of table grapes. In black rot of onions and garlic, A. niger develops between the outer (dead, flaky) skin and the first fleshy scales of the bulb which become water soaked.
How do you get Aspergillus niger?
Aspergillus niger is among the most common fungi isolated from nuts (peanuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, kola nuts, coconut and copra). Cereals and oilseeds are also frequent sources, especially maize, but A.
How do you get an Aspergillus infection?
Most people develop this infection by breathing in mold spores. Less often, infection can develop when spores enter the body through a cut or open wound. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is more likely to occur in individuals who have asthma or cystic fibrosis.
What does Aspergillus niger infect?
Aspergillosis is an infection caused by a type of mold (fungus). The illnesses resulting from aspergillosis infection usually affect the respiratory system, but their signs and severity vary greatly. The mold that triggers the illnesses, aspergillus, is everywhere — indoors and outdoors.
Is fungal infection in lungs curable?
Collections of fungi in the sinuses must usually be removed surgically. Fungus balls in the lungs (aspergillomas) usually do not require treatment with drugs and do not usually respond to drugs. If these balls cause bleeding (causing people to cough up blood) or other symptoms, they may need to be removed surgically.
How do you treat Aspergillus niger?
Antifungal medications. These drugs are the standard treatment for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. The most effective treatment is a newer antifungal drug, voriconazole (Vfend). Amphotericin B is another option. All antifungal drugs can have serious side effects, including kidney and liver damage.
Where do Aspergillus infections usually occur?
The fungus is often found growing on dead leaves, stored grain, compost piles, or in other decaying vegetation. It can also be found on marijuana leaves. Although most people are often exposed to aspergillus, infections caused by the fungus rarely occur in people who have a healthy immune system.
How long can you live with Aspergillus?
Prognosis of Aspergillus Infection According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one study found that the one-year survival for people who had invasive aspergillosis was 59 percent among solid organ transplant recipients.