EPA claims Aspergillus is a Primary Pathogen in sludge Biosolids that only causes respiratory infections
25. Aspergillus----------------------------------------- Aspergillosis or respiratory infections
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine,
MEDLINEplus Medical Encyclopedia
"Aspergillosis is caused by a fungus (Aspergillus), which is found commonly growing on dead leaves, stored grain,
compost piles, or other decaying vegetation..."
PATHOGENICITY: Variety of forms of infection depending on species involved, i.e. aspergilloma, aspergillosis
pneumonia; aspergillosis is characterized by pulmonary infiltrates, eosinophilia and a rise in IgG; immunosuppressed
individuals are prone to develop an acute pneumonia with multifocal infiltrates expanding to consolidation;
dissemination to other organs (eg. cardiac valve) is common; most common cause of otomycosis; clinical
manifestation and severity are largely determined by the general immunologic state of the patient.
EPIDEMIOLOGY: Worldwide; uncommon; hospital air and airducts associated with nosocomial outbreaks; high aflatoxin
and other mycotoxins produced by A. flavus correlated to heptocellular cancer in Africa and Southeast Asia