Aspergillus fumigatus is a species of fungus that’s typically found in soil and decaying organic matter. It can cause disease in individuals with immunodeficiencies.
In 1729, Pier Antonio Micheli, an Italian priest, biologist, and botanist who was cataloging molds in the small city of Pisa, discovered and named the genus Aspergillus.
After the discovery of the new fungus species, researchers begin to isolate new strains from it.
In 1863, another species of Aspergillus was first described as fumigatus by Georg W. Fresenius, a German physician researching in Frankfurt, who said:
“From my studies of isolates obtained from human lung infections… I had the chance to learn more about this fascinating species of Aspergillus…. The species we describe here is very different to A. glaucus and also from all other [Aspergillus] species which have been described so far.”
Fresenius named the new species A. fumigatus because the word fumigatus is derived from Latin “fumigave” which means smoky, and the new species had a smoky blue-gray mycelium.
After the discovery of fumigatus, several studies were conducted immediately to find out where the fungus is commonly found and how it affects people.
In the next few years, new research revealed that fumigatus is commonly found in soil and decaying organic matter like compost heaps.
The same research went to say that fumigatus is the most common cause of aspergillosis — an infection that leads to development of fungus fibers, blood clots, and white blood cells in the lungs.
Aspergillus fumigatus is the most common cause of several types of aspergillosis, which all typically have the following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Shortness of breath
- Reduced ability to smell
Although none of those symptoms are serious, health experts say that aspergillosis can lead to permanent damage to your lungs if it’s not treated right away.
Since aspergillus fumigatus is developing resistance to antibiotics, there’s no knowing whether the medicines that can treat it today will work tomorrow.
Currently, an infection caused by fumigatus is typically treated with a class of drugs known as azoles, which inhibit the production of ergosterol — a critical element of fungal cell membranes.
All that being said, unless you’re already suffering from a disease caused by aspergillus fumigatus, you shouldn’t be worrying about the treatment.
You should be worrying about how to prevent the disease.
Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So why not take safety precautions right now, so you won’t have to face the risk of catching a disease caused by aspergillus fumigatus?
If you’re now wondering what safety precautions we are talking about, disinfecting your home and workplace with a solution that can kill aspergillus fumigatus is all you need to do.
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Our Path-Guard® System can kill aspergillus fumigatus in under 5 minutes, giving you peace of mind to know your property is safe for everyone living or working there.
For more information, contact us to find out how we can help keep your property safe and clean.