Environment - Mycoherbicides - 8-25-11
(Human Health Threat Posed By Fusarium Species) "Fusarium species have emerged as major cause for fungal infections. The first invasive fusariosis was reported in a child in 1973. Invasive Fusarium infections represent an increasing cause of infectious morbidity and mortality in patients with blood cancer. While aspergillosis remains the most common mycosis, Fusarium is the most frequently occurring new opportunistic pathogen that causes life-threatening infections.
"In a recent study at a cancer center in the USA, the mortality rate of patients with a Fusarium infection was between 52-70%.  Other researchers reported mortality rates of 70% or 76%. Researchers from a German university hospital recently reported a case of a patient with a weakened immune system that died of a F. oxysporum infection, even after treatment with appropriate antifungal therapy."