Donor-Derived Fungal Infections in Transplant Patients
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- Roy, M., Park, B.J. & Chiller, T.M. Curr Fungal Infect Rep (2010) 4: 219. doi:10.1007/s12281-010-0030-x
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Fungal infection can occur in transplant patients via one of four mechanisms: donor-derived infections, contamination during the transplantation period, reactivation of latent infection in the host, or new infection during the posttransplantation period. Distinguishing between these mechanisms is often difficult and as a result, donor-derived fungal infections may be under-recognized with few data on its prevalence. We review published reports of donor-derived fungal infections and discuss the role of donor screening and the importance of establishing a national reporting, tracking, and notification system for transplant-transmitted infections.