Luke Brooks, 27, dies of cause in UK mold deposits in your lungs, sparking a debate about the situation in which many people are unable to live healthy lives because their homes do not have adequate sanitation records. A situation where rents are rising, causing this to recur due to poor ventilation or excessive humidity. However, the reality is that this fungus can also be found outdoors, on leaves, decomposing compost, and on plants, trees or grain crops.
found in this case Aspergillus, a mold that develops in the lungs of young adults during autopsies. Therefore, he probably died of acute respiratory distress syndrome caused by this pneumonia. In this particular case, it is believed that the spores of the fungus inhabited the site, given the extremely poor sanitation and extreme humidity in his home.
Aspergillus are fungi (molds) commonly found in the environment. Its spores can be found everywhere, even in hospitals. This fungus can colonize the airways of people with chronic respiratory diseases such as bronchiectasis or cirrhosis. Disruption of phagocytosis leads to transition from colonization to invasion. The most common subtypes that cause pneumonia are: Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus terreus.
As for the main risk factors Causes of infection include: neutropenia, immunosuppression (glucocorticoids, post-transplant therapy, chemotherapy), antibiotic therapy, high concentration of Aspergillus spores in the environment, and coexisting chronic pneumonia.
invasive aspergillosis pneumonia lesion Development takes several days (up to ten days), and in subacute aspergillosis Lasts 1-3 months, with cavities, nodules, and consolidations, with a tendency to dissolve and abscess formation.
The main indicators of this severe pathology are fever, pleuritic pain, and hemoptysis.How many At the time of diagnosis, In invasive aspergillosis, radiographic findings show solitary or multiple nodules in the lungs, some with lytic features, and more rarely images of infiltrates involving lung segments or lobes; peripheral lesions attached to the pleura may mimic pulmonary infarction ; In neutropenic patients, the disease progresses rapidly.
However, the diagnosis of Aspergillus pneumonia can only be confirmed by identification of mycelia on a lung biopsy (also from bronchoalveolar lavage in immunocompromised patients) and by microscopic examination of an Aspergillus culture from this sample.
Discussion about where fungi live
Professor Malcolm Richardson, an expert in medical mycology, warned after the case of young Luke Brooks that the fungus did not usually grow in buildings, regardless of whether many rooms were damp.
The substance is commonly found in “yard waste and containers that are at risk of exposure to higher levels of Aspergillus spores,” he noted.
Other possible hosts are dead leaves, stored grain, animal manure or compost areas, and decaying vegetation.
How Humidity Affects Health
the presence of humidity It favors the emergence of microbes and bacteria that affect health.
Likewise, a large proportion of Humidity favors the emergence of molda microorganism whose spores They can cause respiratory illnesses such as Aspergillus pneumonia.
Mold can produce allergens, irritants, and in some cases, toxic substances. Extreme cases of mushroom allergy They can cause aspergillosis, a serious respiratory illness caused by inhaling a certain fungus.