European Journal of Epidemiology

, Volume 11, Issue 5, pp 507–512 | Cite as

PathogenicNocardia isolated from clinical specimens including those of AIDS patients in Thailand

  • N. Poonwan
  • M. Kusum
  • Y. Mikami
  • K. Yazawa
  • Y. Tanaka
  • T. Gonoi
  • S. Hasegawa
  • K. Konyama


Forty strains of nocardioform microorganisms were isolated as clinical specimens including several from AIDS patients in Thailand. Among them, 37 strains were found to belong to the genusNocardia. Our identification studies revealed that most of the strains(25 strains) belong to theN. asteroides group, i.e.,N. asteroides sensu stricto andN. farcinica. Three strains were identified asN. otitidiscaviarum and two strainsN. brasiliensis. In addition, 7 strains of rare pathogenicN. transvalensis were also isolated.

Key words

AIDS patients Isolation and identification PathogenicNocardia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Poonwan
    • 1
  • M. Kusum
    • 1
  • Y. Mikami
    • 2
  • K. Yazawa
    • 2
  • Y. Tanaka
    • 2
  • T. Gonoi
    • 2
  • S. Hasegawa
    • 3
  • K. Konyama
    • 4
  1. 1.Mycology section, Division of Clinical Pathology, Department of Medical SciencesNational Institute of HealthNonthaburiThailand
  2. 2.Research Center for Pathogenic Fungi and Microbial ToxicosesChiba UniversityChibaJapan
  3. 3.Chiba City Institute of HealthChibaJapan
  4. 4.JICA (AIDS Project)National Institute of HealthNonthaburiThailand

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