Candida blankii

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1. Classification

a. Higher order taxa

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2. Description and significance

Candida blankii is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that has infected at least three patients worldwide as of 2018.2, 3 The patients who have been infected with C. blankii are adolescents with cystic fibrosis and one preterm neonate with respiratory difficulties.2, 3 Once infected with C. blankii, patients develop C. blankii fungaemia, a blood condition characterized by the presence of fungi populations in the circulatory system.2 This condition can be problematic, since immunosuppressed and immunocompromised patients are most susceptible and the C. blankii population is resistant to azole antibacterial medications.2 Doctors in Brazil have identified polyene antifungals as a potential treatment for C. blankii fungaemia.3 Although C. blankii is a newly identified pathogenic threat to persons with respiratory issues, it is thought that there may have been some missed cases due to insufficient diagnosis techniques in previous years.2

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6. Ecology

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7. Pathology

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8. Current Research

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9. References

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