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J Med Microbiol. 1987 May;23(3):275-7.

Disseminated Candida infection syndrome in heroin addicts--dominance of a single Candida albicans biotype.


Among 21 intravenous heroin abusers with cutaneous and ocular manifestations of disseminated Candida infection, a single C. albicans strain type (serotype A, biotype 153/7) was isolated from skin lesions in 14 cases. This suggests that central contamination of the heroin with C. albicans is less likely to be the source of infection than an endogenous source, and that one particular strain type is either better adapted than others to grow in the lemon juice used as a heroin solvent, or more likely than others to cause the specific pathology seen in these patients.

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