Curvularia

Characteristics: Common Type I allergen. Occasional pathogen. Not known to be a toxigenic agent.

Description: It is often found in plant debris, soil, facultative plant pathogens or tropical or subtropical plants with a gray or brown coloration. It is disseminated as a dry spore by the wind. As an allergen, it has been known to cause Type I allergy symptoms including hay fever and asthma. Curvularia is a relatively common cause of allergic fungal sinusitis. As a pathogen, it has occasionally been known to cause onychomycosis, ocular keratitis, sinusitis, mycetoma, pneumonia, endocarditis, cerebral abscess, and disseminated infection. Most cases of pathogenic symptoms occur in immunocompromised patients. It is not known to be a toxigenic agent.


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