Special Fungal Pathogens Journal [SFPJ]

Abstract

Distribution of medically important saprophytic Zygomycetes species in Bushenyi District, Uganda

Micheni L, *Agwu E, Maniga J, Okech MA, Ponchang W

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Kampala International University, W-Campus, Box 71, Uganda

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Abstract

Background: In resource limited settings, the frequency of exposure of Zygomycetes from an environmental source, the influence of geographical location, and the minimum infective doses remains a public health challenge. Objective: To outline the environmental distribution of medically important Zygomycetes species in Bushenyi district of Uganda. Materials and Methods: Standard Mycological methods were used in the isolation and phenotypic identification of zygomycetes in 120 soil samples randomly collected from suspected zygomycetes habitable sites in different representative locations in Bushenyi district of Uganda. Results. We found 47% prevalence of zygomycetes species from the samples analyzed. Out of the 56 isolates identified using colonial morphology, slide cultures were performed to identity them further. 20 (35.7%) were Rhizopus, 16 (28.6%) Rhizomucor, 15 (26.8%) Mucor, 3 (5.4%) Absidia, 1 (1.8%) Apophysomyces and 1(1.8%) Cunninghamella. Conclusion: The soil samples analyzed contained a wide array of zygomycetes species comparable to the findings of other researches in global and African literature. The medical and public health importance of the isolated zygomycetes species are fully discussed.

 

How to cite this article: Citation: Micheni L, Agwu E, Maniga J, Okech MA, Ponchang W. Distribution of medically important saprophytic Zygomycetes species in Bushenyi district, Uganda. Special Fungal Pathogens Journal (SVPJ) 2015; Vol 1, No 1: p 0001-0006