Histoplasma capsulatum: Occurrence in Soil from the Emilia-Romagna Region of Italy

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Science  05 Feb 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3658, pp. 624
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3658.624


The existence of an area in Europe in which histoplasmosis is endemic was revealed by the isolation of Histoplasma capsulatum from soil. The soil specimen was collected in a chicken yard on a farm near Bologna, Italy. The Emilia-Romagna region had been selected for study because several, apparently autochthonous, human cases of histoplasmosis had originated there.