The Isolation of Allescheria Boydii Shear, an Etiologic Agent of Mycetomas, from Soil

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  • Communicable Disease Center, U. S. Public Health Service, Federal Security Agency, Atlanta, Ga.


Four strains of Allescheria boydii have been isolated from soil collected in Williamson County, Tennessee. A spore suspension of one of these strains when mixed with gastric mucin was found to be pathogenic for mice. A tabulation of all recorded isolations of A. boydii has been presented and the habitats of other human pathogenic fungi have been discussed.