The incidence of hospital fungal infections yeast fungaemia

  • L. Badenhorst
  • P.L. Botha
  • M.N. Janse van Rensburg


In order to determine the incidence and the causative agents of fungaemia, a survey was undertaken of blood culture specimens received from the Bloemfontein academic hospitals. Over a period of 1 year, 5017 successive blood cultures were examined; 1 030 (20,5%) had growth of which 106 (2,1%) yielded yeasts. Candida albicans (42%), C. tropicalis (26%) and C. parapsilosis (20%) were the species most frequently isolated. Fungaemia occurred most often after broad-spectrum antimicrobial therapy and abdominal disorders.


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