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

Author: 

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.

Abstract: 

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.