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The forgotten pathogen kingdom

Zoonoses can be caused by various pathogens. In most cases, viruses and bacteria come to mind. Parasites are also familiar to most people. At the latest with "prions" it becomes already somewhat more exotic. But besides these pathogens, there is another large kingdom of eukaryotic organisms that can act as zoonotic pathogens: Fungi. 

Christina Baumbach (University of Leipzig) has dealt with zoonotic fungi in her PhD thesis. With your support, we can present the filamentous fungus Trichophyton benhamiae in our column "Zoonosis of the month" in December 2020 - a zoophilic dermatophyte that also occurs in Germany.

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PilzeFungi can also act as pathogens of zoonotic infections (picture: pixabay)

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