Risk Factors for Histoplasmosis


About risk factors: Risk factors for Histoplasmosis are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Histoplasmosis makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Histoplasmosis. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Histoplasmosis. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Histoplasmosis in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Infants, young children, and older persons, in particular those with chronic lung disease are at increased risk for severe disease. Disseminated disease is more frequently seen in people with cancer or AIDS. 1

Persons in areas with endemic disease with exposures to accumulations of bird or bat droppings (e.g., construction or agricultural workers, spelunkers). High risk groups are immunocompromised persons (e.g., persons with cancer, transplant recipients, persons with HIV infection).2

1. excerpt from Histoplasmosis General: DBMD
2. excerpt from Histoplasmosis: DBMD

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