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US Army Med Dep J. 2016 Oct-Dec;(3-16):38-41.

Mortality From Fungal Diseases in the US Air Force From 1970 to 2013.

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New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York.


We review a unique set of documents, death certificates, catalogued in the US Air Force Mortality Registry, which tracks deaths for current and retired Air Force service members. We screened the records for all deaths caused by fungal diseases between 1970 and 2013. There were 216 deaths caused by a variety of diseases such as aspergillosis, blastomycosis, candidiasis, coccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, mucormycosis, pneumocystosis, sporotrichosis, and zygomycosis. The single most common identified cause of death was opportunistic candidiasis. Of the total 216 deaths, only 7 were active duty or active reserve personnel.


candidiasis; coccidioidomycosis; histoplasmosis; mortality

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