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Infections Acquired in the Garden

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  • Authors: Cheston B. Cunha1, Burke A. Cunha2
  • Editor: David Schlossberg3
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    Affiliations: 1: Division of Infectious Disease, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI 02903, The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI 02906 and Brown University Alpert School of Medicine, Providence, RI 02903; 2: Infectious Disease Division, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY 11501 and State University of New York School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY 11794; 3: Philadelphia Health Department, Philadelphia, PA
  • Source: microbiolspec October 2015 vol. 3 no. 5 doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.IOL5-0020-2015
  • Received 09 July 2015 Accepted 31 July 2015 Published 09 October 2015
  • Cheston B. Cunha, ccunha@lifespan.org
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    Gardening is a wonderful pastime, and the garden is a very peaceful place to enjoy one’s vacation. However, the garden may be a treacherous place for very young or compromised hosts when one takes into account the infectious potential residing in the soil, as well as the insect vectors on plants and animals. Even normal hosts may acquire a variety of infections from the soil, animals, or animal-related insect bites. The location of the garden, its natural animal and insect inhabitants, 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 wild, that temporarily use the garden for part of their daily activities. The clinician should always ask about garden exposure, which will help in eliminating the diagnostic possibilities for the patient. The diagnostic approach is to use epidemiological principles in concert with clinical clues, which together should suggest a reasonable list of diagnostic possibilities. Organ involvement and specific laboratory tests help further narrow the differential diagnosis and determine the specific tests necessary to make a definitive diagnosis.

  • Citation: Cunha C, Cunha B. 2015. Infections Acquired in the Garden. Microbiol Spectrum 3(5):IOL5-0020-2015. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.IOL5-0020-2015.

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Abstract:

Gardening is a wonderful pastime, and the garden is a very peaceful place to enjoy one’s vacation. However, the garden may be a treacherous place for very young or compromised hosts when one takes into account the infectious potential residing in the soil, as well as the insect vectors on plants and animals. Even normal hosts may acquire a variety of infections from the soil, animals, or animal-related insect bites. The location of the garden, its natural animal and insect inhabitants, 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 wild, that temporarily use the garden for part of their daily activities. The clinician should always ask about garden exposure, which will help in eliminating the diagnostic possibilities for the patient. The diagnostic approach is to use epidemiological principles in concert with clinical clues, which together should suggest a reasonable list of diagnostic possibilities. Organ involvement and specific laboratory tests help further narrow the differential diagnosis and determine the specific tests necessary to make a definitive diagnosis.

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Blood smear showing spp. rings with basophilic stippling within the erythrocytes. organisms resemble , but parasites present several distinguishing features. They vary more in shape and in size, and they do not produce pigment. (Source: CDC/Dr. Mae Melvin, CDC-PHIL ID# 2223) doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.IOL5-0020-2015.f1

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Lateral view of a female blacklegged, or deer tick, , with its abdomen engorged with a host blood meal. transmits Lyme disease, a disease caused by a spiral-shaped bacterial microbe, . This disease is known in Europe, Africa, Asia, and in almost all the United States. It is especially common in the Northeast, in Minnesota, and in northern California. This larval tick is no bigger than the size of the period at the end of this sentence. (Source: CDC/ Dr. Gary Alpert, Urban Pests-Integrated Pest Management [IPM], CDC-PHIL ID# 15993) doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.IOL5-0020-2015.f2

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Clinical features of Lyme disease

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Epidemiological considerations for infections from the garden

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Differential diagnosis of Rocky Mountain spotted fever

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Diagnostic features of atypical pneumonias

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