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Many infectious diseases acquired in the garden are age specific; e.g., small children are more likely than adults to get or hookworm infections in the appropriate locale. The epidemiological associations with infectious diseases acquired from plants, soil, or animal vectors have been discussed in this chapter. With all of the diseases potentially acquired by working in the garden, the clinician needs to establish a working diagnosis and then arrive at a definitive diagnosis by ordering the appropriate specific tests. Specific infectious diseases including sporotrichosis, histoplasmosis and blastomycosis have also been discussed. The location of the garden and the characteristics of the soil play a part in determining its infectious potential. The most important factor making the garden an infectious and dangerous place is the number and interaction of animals, whether they are pets or in the wild, that temporarily use the garden for part of their daily activities. The diagnostic approach is to utilize epidemiological principles in concert with clinical clues, which together should suggest a reasonable list of diagnostic possibilities.

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4

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Tables

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TABLE 1

Clinical features of Lyme disease

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4
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TABLE 2

Epidemiological considerations for infections from the garden

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4
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FIGURE 1

Infectious disease diagnostic considerations by organ involvement. CLM, cutaneous larva migrans; RMSF, Rocky Mountain spotted fever; VLM, visceral larva migrans.

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4
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TABLE 3

Differential diagnosis of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4
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FIGURE 2

Infectious disease differential diagnostic considerations by laboratory and roentgen findings. CT, computed tomography; RMSF, Rocky Mountain spotted fever; VLM, visceral larva migrans; LCM, lymphocytic choriomeningitis.

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4
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FIGURE 3

Clinical spectrum of histoplasmosis.

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4
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TABLE 4

Differential diagnosis of histoplasmosis

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4
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TABLE 5

Diagnostic features of atypical pneumonias

Citation: Cunha B, Johnson D. 2009. Infections in the Garden, p 111-125. In Schlossberg D (ed), Infections of Leisure, Fourth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815950.ch4

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