Endemic Mycoses: Danger in the Dirt - CMEZ597

Endemic Mycoses: Danger in the Dirt

by Connie C. Chettle, MS, MPH, RN
CMEZ597
(4.1 / 10 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

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Summary:

Coccidioidomycosis, histoplasmosis and blastomycosis — caused respectively by Coccidioides immitis, Histoplasma capsulatum and Blastomyces dermatitidis — are endemic mycoses, or fungal diseases, that have emerged as important health threats for people who live or travel in certain regions of the U.S. Each disease is caused by a dimorphic fungus, which is a fungus that grows as a mold with septate hyphae (threadlike filaments divided by cross walls into sections) in the soil, and as a yeast cell or spherule in the human body. People acquire these diseases almost exclusively by inhaling the pathogens in their mold phase from dust in the environment. Endemic fungi can cause infections in both healthy and immunocompromised people. This continuing education module provides healthcare professionals of various disciplines with information on the rising incidence of three life-threatening endemic fungal diseases in the U.S.

Objectives:

The goal of this endemic mycoses continuing education program is to provide nurses, laboratory professionals, pharmacists and physicians with information on the rising incidence of three life-threatening endemic fungal diseases in the U.S. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Name three endemic fungi of medical importance in the U.S. and describe their geographic distribution
  • Describe the three diseases associated with dimorphic fungi
  • Explain why endemic fungal diseases are difficult to diagnose and treat
 

 
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Physician Continuing Education Credit
 
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
 
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
 
Disclosures
 
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 8/6/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/4/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/4/2022

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Meagan C - Pearland, TX  ·  May 01, 2018
This was a great review of fungal infections and epidemiology
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