Paracoccidioidomycosis

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Paracoccidioidomycosis

Brazilian Blastomycosis, Lobo Disease, South American Blastomycosis, Lutz-Splendore-de Almeida Disease

Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is an endemic systemic mycosis caused Paracoccidioides brasiliensis , a type of dimorphic fungus. P. brasiliensis is thought to exist in soil as a mold, and infection occurs following inhalation of the spores. PCM affects both humans and animals in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

Initial infection with P. brasiliensis usually occurs in the lungs, but may also spread to the skin, mucous membranes, and other parts of the horse's body. PCM can be acute or chronic, and the symptoms vary depending on the area of the horse's body that is affected.

Incubation period
Symptoms generally appear several weeks to years after the horse is initially exposed to P. brasiliensis.

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