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Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 Feb;11(2):330-2.

Molecular evidence of Pneumocystis transmission in pediatric transplant unit.

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  • 1University Children's Hospital, Im Neuenheimer Feld 150, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany. Britta_Hoecker@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Abstract

We describe an outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in a pediatric renal transplant unit, likely attributable to patient-to-patient transmission. Single-strand conformation polymorphism molecular typing showed that 3 affected patients had acquired the same 2 strains of Pneumocystis, which suggests interhuman infection. An infant with mitochondriopathy was the probable index patient.

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