Aerosol Transmission of Aspergillus fumigatus in Cystic Fibrosis Patients in the Netherlands


Tobias G.P. Engel, Ellen Erren, Koen S.J. Vanden Driessche, Willem J.G. Melchers, Monique H. Reijers, Peter Merkus, and Paul E. Verweij
Emerg Infect Dis. 2019;25(4):797-799.


We collected sputum samples and cough plates from 15 cystic fibrosis patients in the Netherlands who were colonized with Aspergillus fumigatus; we recovered A. fumigatus of the same genotype in cough aerosols and sputum samples from 2 patients. The belief that transmission of A. fumigatus from cystic fibrosis patients does not occur should be reconsidered.